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When we visited the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, it felt like a utopia--it is a nurturing and supportive space for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, where they can learn, play, and be understood. We immediately knew that we wanted to help. The Jean Massieu School of the Deaf (JMS) was founded in 1999 as a charter school to help create a fully accessible learning environment in both English and American Sign Language. The school serves about 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool to post-high school. The students come from all over Utah and have varying socioeconomic needs. Many of the students are immigrants or refugees.
On Friday, May 17th 2019, JMS invited The Give Initiative and Mascots for Miracles for a celebration in their gymnasium. The theme of the party was “Reading is my superpower” and principal Aimee Breinholt awarded t-shirts to the students who achieved their reading goals for the year. The event was a big hit when Mascot for Miracles characters like Princess Belle, Spider-Woman, and Felix from the Utah Falconz came to visit with the kids. Princess Belle even spoke some sign language and was able to communicate with the students.
After the students received their prizes, The Give Initiative presented a check of $5,000 to the JMS PTA. The PTA stated that the funds will go towards classroom supplies, student literacy, a food pantry and on-site closet for students who do not have access to adequate food or clothing.
In addition to the $5,000, we at The Give Initiative plan to continue raising money for the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf and Blind. If you are looking for a way to help, you can visit our Sponsored Causes page and donate to JMS.