Recently Green Tree School hosted a gala at the Franklin Institute to raise
money for the Capital Campaign for the construction of the new state of the art Green Tree School
to be built in Germantown.

Green Tree School offers tuition-free
programs for about 150 students with emotional disabilities, preschool
developmental delays and autism, from ages 3 to 21. The event also honored long-time Green Tree Trustee and Temple
Law Professor, Rob Bartow (R) with Jane Coralluzzo, Event Chair, Larry Hall and Frederick Strober.

I had never been to an event on the roof of the Franklin Institute. It’s a great space, and what an awesome view of Philly. You can see down the Parkway and the city skyline.
Chef Steve Poses meets Eustacia Cutler ie Temple Grandin’s mother as
Herman Axelrod, executive director at Green Tree School looks on. Poses is a former
teacher at Green Tree School and founded the culinary arts vocational
 Some of the children’s art work was on display

 The cocktail party was a huge success
 A few people did check out the heart, but most caught up with their friends.
 The Green Tree School Chorus sang two songs during the evenings program

 Some of the students from the Green Tree School’s culinary program assisted in preparing
the dinner that was served to the nearly 300 guests in attendance.

 The Board Members including PhillyChitChat pal Megan Smith, Brownstone PR (r).

 Kimani Shaw, a graduate of Green Tree High School, was a speaker and told the guests a bit about his life. He spoke about the challenges he faced after his mother and grandmother
died when he was only 12 years old. After participating in the many different services and being educated at Green Tree
High School he went on to college. “Never give up, never give up. Your hopes and dreams are only one knock away from reality,” he said.

Great Schools gives Green Tree School a five out of five rating: “My son is in the Early Intervention program here. The
program director is responsive to the needs of students and parents. The
teacher and classroom asst. pay very close attention to the children.
Class size is small and the facility is on par with private schools. A
wonderful choice for Early Intervention”

 Herman Axelrod gives teacher of the year Debra Moore recognition and a plaque for her continued great service to the students of Green Tree School.

Green Tree School is on the move. Most of the funds have been raised and ground has been broken. This time next year their new school should be opened in Germantown, located at 1196 E. Washington Lane.  But there’s always more money needed for all the projects that are necessary for the kids to succeed. To read more about Green Tree School, and how you can help out, check out their website HERE