Laradon Receive Lead Gift to Help Fund New School Building

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Alternative School Provides State of the Art Learning for Special Needs Students in Denver

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Our new school building will allow Laradon to continue refining our unique method of services and supports, so we can continue maximizing student achievement levels.

Laradon is excited to announce it has received a lead gift for its capital campaign to construct a new Alternative School building. “With this substantial gift, our vision is on its way to becoming reality," said Annie Green, Laradon’s Deputy Director. “It will truly build momentum in meeting our fundraising goal.”

The lead gift will assist in leveraging additional funding from the next tier of foundations and corporations, and launch Laradon’s campaign into the next developmental stage in securing community support.

Laradon’s Alternative School serves children, from ages 5 to 21 who are dually-diagnosed with a developmental disability and co-existing psychiatric or behavioral disorder. The capital campaign to build a brand new educational facility began in 2007 with a generous donation that allowed Laradon to purchase the 3.7 acre vacant lot adjacent to its existing campus at 5100 Lincoln Street.

The new 46,000 square foot building will allow Laradon to significantly increase its capacity to enroll students and adults with developmental disabilities. When the new school building is occupied, the buildings that currently house the Alternative School will be used to expand the adult day programs. The extra space will also provide the opportunity to develop future programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs.

Aside from increasing Laradon’s capacity to enroll more participants, the new school building will provide the opportunity to greatly enhance services to students. Several of the new building features will include additional sensory integration rooms, more space for physical activity and more natural lighting. The 16 classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to accommodate students with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments.

“Our new school building will allow Laradon to continue refining our unique method of services and supports, so we can continue maximizing student achievement levels. The new building will ensure that our Alternative School remains an innovative educational environment for dually-diagnosed children,” stated Frank Lucero, Laradon’s Executive Director.

About Laradon
Our Mission is to be an organization of excellence that provides superior services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs, to help them realize their full potential and maximize self-sufficiency. Laradon serves more than 600 enrollments annually to participants throughout the state of Colorado. Its annual operating budget is over $12 million. The main campus in north Denver covers approximately six acres. Laradon receives referrals from schools, social service agencies and other human service agencies from across the state. Visit http://www.laradon.org for more information.

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