Foundation for Understanding Social Engagement

Virtual Fundraiser Gala

First and foremost, I hope you and your family are well in these unprecedented times; we at FUSE School, as with the rest of the schools in Massachusetts, closed on March 12th due to COVID-19. During this time, we have learned to practice what we teach and have become flexible thinkers. We have turned our school into a remote therapeutic learning center where the teachers have taught remotely through Zoom every day, teachers designed home based social emotional learning activities, and individual telehealth sessions with our speech therapist, occupational therapists, and psychologist happen daily. Additionally, I, as Director and clinical psychologist, have held parent conferences, discussions, and support meetings (through Zoom) each night for FUSE School parents. While we cannot be with our families in person through these difficult times, we adhere to our mission to support our kids’ social and emotional learning in every way we can.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FUSE School unfortunately had to cancel its yearly fundraising gala, which was scheduled for April 4th. As a small nonprofit therapeutic school, we rely on this Gala for much needed funds for yearly essential operating expenses. We strive to keep our tuition feasible for parents because of the additional costs they already have with a special needs child. Given these recent and unexpected revenue losses due to the COVID-19, namely school enrollment, social after school programming and vacation camps, we are specifically asking for your help now. Many of you were planning to come to our gala to support our school and our sweet kids. We ask for your support from home so that we can continue to help our children now and in the future. We are grateful to The Gosselin Neylon family and their Foundation for making a charitable donation to initiate this campaign. They challenge the rest of the FUSE community and our supporters to follow their lead and make a generous donation. “We believe in the FUSE mission, the teachers have supported my son and his needs and now it is our turn to support the school and its teachers during this impossible time.”

We hope you will have a virtual drink with us, donate to our school, and help support our FUSE school and its children. We need your help now.

With love and respect from all of us at FUSE to you and your families,

Dr. Lauren Weeks

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