Mystery donor helps fund school for Tampa's homeless kids FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 26 Sep 1998 10:54:35 -0400


http://www.amcity.com:80/tampabay/stories/092198/newscolumn6.html
FWD  Tampa Bay Business Journal  September 21, 1998
         [Nonprofits section excerpt]


     MYSTERY DONOR HELPS FUND SCHOOL FOR HOMELES KIDS

     Gary Shepherd


Thanks to an anonymous $2 million gift, America's first comprehensive
charter elementary school for homeless children opened in Tampa last month
at Metropolitan Ministries.

Metropolitan Ministries Academy is a school for children of families living
temporarily at the shelter north of downtown Tampa. Up to 30 children at a
time will attend.

"Our vision is to have the school serve as a replicable model for homeless
shelters across the country," said Academy Executive Director James
Barnard.

Assessing students' educational, emotional and developmental needs will be
the first step in setting a learning plan, said Principal Jean Woodley
Brown. Officials say those plans are key, because the plans go with
students to their next school.

The academy has two teachers, a teacher's aide, a school psychologist, a
psychologist intern, a health education intern and a school secretary. The
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is also offering physical education courses
twice a week.

Besides the $2 million gift, two anonymous foundations gave a total of
$100,000. Another $150,000 endowment gift was provided by the James and Amy
Shimberg Charitable Trust.

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