By Holly Haber
The Notre Dame School of Dallas has raised 90 percent of its $11 million Hearts & Hammers Campaign goal to improve its facility and programming, according to campaign chair Mary Terry. She made the announcement Saturday at the school’s 32nd annual fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.
Notre Dame serves North Texas children and young adults of all faiths as Dallas’ only school dedicated to youth with intellectual disabilities. It serves 150 students ages 8 to 22 with IQ scores ranging from 30 to 70 with an emphasis on life skills and vocational training.
The funds are being used to renovate the school building, enroll 20 more students, enhance the curriculum and replace vehicles used to transport students to school and job sites, according to a spokeswoman. The upgrade to classrooms, the gym, cafeteria, therapy spaces and vocational training areas is expected to be complete by year’s end.
“We are excited to show the community what persons with intellectual disabilities can accomplish when they receive an education designed to meet their unique learning needs,” principal Theresa Francis said.
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