Summer therapy program for high-risk, learning-disabled students, 2011

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This grant continues support for a summer education and therapy program for high-risk students attending the Center School. Founded in 1971, the school is a private institution serving pupils in Grades 1 through 12 with serious learning disabilities. The program helps students who would experience significant regression in their functioning if their therapy were to be interrupted by summer vacation. Pupils are referred by school districts from throughout New Jersey. The principal objectives are to provide a structured program that allows for nonacademic learning, creativity, self-expression and just plain fun, and to help parents and guardians with counseling while providing their children with a good summer experience. Activities include art, music, gym, shop, building computer skills, science, dramatic arts and trips to a movie and swim club. As many as 65 of the 120 students enrolled at the Center School will participate in the summer program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant will help pay the part-time professional staff at the school. The school districts that refer students to the Center School have agreed to provide transportation for the summer program.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $63,000.00

Awarded on: 5/16/2011

Time frame: 7/1/2011 - 8/31/2011

Grant Number: 68890


Center School

2 Riverview Drive
Somerset, 08873-1150


Gregory Buontempo
Project Director


Richard Ostrander
Project Director