Supporting The Bridge School
The Bridge School is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals who need support in developing a voice of their own. Your charitable donation makes a significant difference in the level of support we are able to provide to children and their families locally, nationally and globally.
Become a part of The Bridge School family by supporting one or more of our efforts:
- Bridge Builder Endowment Fund
- The Bridge School General Fund
- Community Based Experiences (Field Trips)
- Transition Scholarships for Bridge School Graduates
- Scholarships for Building Bridges Camp and Training Institute
- Bridging Communities Through Alternative Communication (BCTAC)
Bridge Builder Endowment Fund
To ensure a smooth transition and the ongoing vitality and continuity of Bridge School and its work, the Board of Directors established the Bridge Builder Endowment Fund. Funding the endowment will mean that the unique approach and programs of The Bridge School will benefit generations of children, those who attend the school and those who benefit from the broadest dissemination of the creative educational strategies developed by our staff. Your support will ensure The Bridge School a future.
The Bridge School General Fund
Sustaining the current programs and services of The Bridge School requires a public-private partnership. While monies from public programs, agencies and grant-giving organizations provide partial funding for some of our programs, we continue to rely on the generous donations of private individuals and organizations to complete the work that we do.
Community Based Experiences (Field Trips)
The cost of transport for our students to participate in off site activities is a significant budget item for our education program. We require specially equipped buses to transport our children and their wheelchairs. These experiences are critical to the education and social experiences of our students. We schedule eight to ten field trips per year. Your support will contribute to the success of these experiences.
Transition Scholarships for Bridge School Graduates
When students graduate from The Bridge School and return to their home school district, the Transition Program continues to support them and their families throughout their formal education. This support is provided, at no cost, to the home school district. Transition support is critical to the continued success of these students. Your donation will go in direct support of an individual student.
Scholarships for Building Bridges Camp and Training Institute
Building Bridges Camp provides children who use AAC/AT, their siblings and the individuals who work with them at home and school a one-week summer camp experience focusing on interactive communication and the use of technology for learning. Your contribution will fund a child, sibling or trainer for this camp experience.
Bridging Communities Through Alternative Communication (BCTAC), formerly AAC Friends & Leaders
The Bridge School is invested in continuing to support and empower its graduates and other young adults who use AAC in their pursuit of meaningful participation in their communities and lives. This year long project provides these young adults with opportunities to develop self-advocacy and self-determination skills, to forge new friendships, and to create a support network through an annual retreat, monthly group meetings and shared experiences. Your donation will fund a young adults’ participation in this program.
Teacher in Residence Program
The International Teacher In Residence grant is a philanthropic award presented bi-annually to an individual by The Bridge School. This grant is awarded to promote skill development in using augmentative/ alternative forms of communication and assistive technologies in countries where little information or training currently exists. This is a two-year program with the first year as an on-site residency within The Bridge School and the second year providing training and support within the residents’ home country. Your contribution will support our global outreach efforts toward impacting the education of children internationally.
The Bridge School Web Site
Our Web site is currently undergoing a major renovation that will more clearly articulate who we are, what we do and how others can benefit from what we have learned. This interactive, dynamic site will have the capacity to deliver information, disseminate resources and provide support for training world-wide. The innovative approach we want to undertake requires extensive programming and content development. This is an ongoing project that should span several years of production. With your help, our dream of communication for all will become a reality.
Several Different Ways to Contribute to The Bridge School
Donate by Mail
Send a check to:
The Bridge School
545 Eucalyptus Avenue
Hillsborough, California 94010-6404
Please make your check payable to "The Bridge School". If you want to support a specific program or project, please indicate your choice on the check.
If you have any questions regarding your contribution, please feel free to call The Bridge School at 650-696-7295.