The Children’s Institute Grateful for Verona Service League

The Children’s Institute (TCI) in Verona is pleased to announce that the Verona Service League has made another significant donation to help benefit children with autism. Since 2003 several generous grants have been awarded to the Institute by the League to support multiple needs. Last year the League funded the building and equipping of a video production studio. Using this new facility student’s created and produced a video for The Borough of Caldwell as well as several short programs about TCI activities.

Verona Service League’s new $28,000.00 grant will fund the complete renovation of the computer lab including new computers, networking gear, carpeting, furnishings and a new coat of paint.

Since it’s founding in 1931, Jean L. Sempier president says, the League has been dedicated to pursuing its mission to- “Help us to help the children.” 

A variety of local area based organizations have benefited from League grants. Among them are: St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s  Pediatric Critical Care Unit, The Rainbow Bereavement Program of The First Presbyterian Church, Verona Public Library, Wounded Warrior Program, Verona Rescue Squad ,to name only a few. Within the past year , in addition to our TCI grant,  the League has awarded more than $100,000 to the Verona Township elementary and middle schools funding a wide range of educational and technology needs that would otherwise not be attainable under current economic conditions.

 The Verona Service League was established in 1931.  It is a community based organization that helps support children’s organizations with generous donations to fund different projects of need.  Some of the organizations that The Verona Service League has supported include, St. Josephs Hospital in Paterson, Our Lady of the Lake school in Verona, Rainbow Program First Presbyterian Church in Verona, to name a few.

The Children’s Institute, located in Verona, NJ, is a school for children, ages 3-21, with autism, and learning and emotional disabilities and having been founded in 1963, is one of the oldest schools of this kind in the state. 

(Photo–(Seated, left to right) Jean Sempier, President, Shirley Peterson, the longest active member of the League, and League member, Marie Corcoran.  Back Row, (Left to right) Randy Palmer, Computer Teacher, video production class sutdents, Anthony T. Brian S., Brianna H., and Ryan D., and Video Production Teacher David Dilanni.)

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