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Record fundraising and crowds at Giving Voice to Children luncheon

Written by Amanda Arnold
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The Parish School hosted its 9th Annual Giving Voice to Children Luncheon on October 11 at The Junior League of Houston, raising a record number of donations to benefit the school’s financial assistance fund. Nationally-recognized speaker on pediatric social therapy Renee Attaway, M.S., CCC-SLP delivered a keynote speech on resilience and grit, which was well received by almost 300 attendees.

“Each year, this event serves to inspire and bring awareness of children who have communication, social and learning challenges. The Parish School provides a safe place for these children to not just grow, but thrive, and we do this with the help of the community and many strong partners,” said Nancy Bewley, MAT, CCC-SLP, Head of School at The Parish School.

Attaway is a speaker for Social Thinking™ and Director of Social Learning at the Parish School. She travels throughout North America, addressing workshops, conferences and school districts, as well as working with individuals on social awareness and learning. As a speech-language pathologist, she has worked at The Parish School for more than 16 years, as well as in university and private practice settings.

The Parish School honored Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D., with the Robbin Parish Award, in recognition of his commitment to lifelong learning and children who have communication delays and learning differences. Fletcher worked closely with The Parish School’s founder, Robbin Parish, to establish early programs to improve children’s reading and communication skills. He is an accomplished researcher, professor, practitioner, author and national leader in the field of reading and learning disabilities. Fletcher is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology for the University of Houston and a board-certified child neuropsychologist.

Also featured at the event was FOX 26-KRIV evening reporter, Kaitlin Monte, who served as the program’s emcee. Monte recently joined the station in July, previously working as a traffic and fill-in anchor for the PIX-11 Morning News in New York City. Growing up with three siblings with special needs, Monte continues to be a strong advocate for disability awareness.

This year’s luncheon committee included Honorary Chair, Randi Raizner, Ph.D.; Current Parent Chairs, Daniella and Patrick Simpson; and Alumni Parent Chairs, Bree and Chris Walker.

About The Parish School: Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children ages 2-12 who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed. This nationally recognized, special needs school in Houston, Texas provides an education for the entire family within the environment of a nurturing and safe 17-acre campus with on-site therapeutic clinic, The Carruth Center. Our personalized academic approach – with a focus on communication skills, social learning, independence, nature and the arts – allows children to thrive and grow.