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Linwood Hosts Appreciation Social

Linwood Executive Director Bill Moss welcomes crowd.
Linwood Executive Director Bill Moss welcomes crowd.

Over 50 friends of Linwood Center turned out for a Derby-themed party recently.  The Linwood Appreciation Social recognizes members of the Jeanne M. Simons Society and other donors and supporters.  Simons, the late educator and autism specialist, was the founder of Linwood.

Hosted by Don Reuwer at Pleasant Prospect Farm, the party included Southern specialties prepared by Iron Bridge Wine Company.  Iron Bridge owner Steve Wecker, who donated the food and service, was also on hand for the festivities. 

A brief program included remarks by School Board Chair Ellen Flynn Giles, who thanked Linwood for providing educational services for Howard County children with autism.  Fellow School Board member Sandra French also attended, as did Janet Zimmerman, Instructional Facilitator, Nonpublic Services and Special Education Compliance, for the Howard County Public School System. 

Executive Director Bill Moss thanked supporters for helping make the dream of a new school a reality for Linwood, citing major contributions from the school’s builder, Howard Brown, who was present as was architect Shellie Curry.

Board President Jack Boender and Deputy Executive Director Kim Manning also expressed appreciation for board, staff, school system and community support for Linwood. Their efforts, Manning said, have helped produce a school which is earning a reputation for its best practices, cutting edge technology and enhanced opportunities for students with autism. 

Linwood School, a nonpublic special education program for students on the autism spectrum, opened in August 2013.  The 38,000 square foot state-of-the art facility includes smart boards and a sensory integration room, an indoor walking track, training apartment, library, school store, full size gym and ample dining facilities. 

For information, visit www.linwoodcenter.org, or call 410-465-1352

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