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Thank you so much for all the love and support that we have received this week in response to the passing of Ernest Perry. It is wonderful how supportive our Allegro Family is, and we are so grateful for each of you.
As many of you know, Ernie's wife Priscilla and his daughter, Hadley, are on the Allegro Board of Directors and therefore have been an integral part of the Allegro Foundation for many years. Please continue to keep the entire Perry family in your prayers.
It is hard to adequately put into words how much Ernie Perry meant to everyone at Allegro. We have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Ernie and the entire Perry family for over twenty years. Ernie was so wise and always so generous to share his advice and wisdom with us. He was truly a joy to spend time with. Ernie had such a heart for serving and giving back to his community. Allegro was extremely blessed to have Ernie as the auctioneer for the past 13 years at our annual Ambassador's Ball. Ernie had such a remarkable spirit that was evident in everything that he did. He will be missed by so many.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Ernie in August. Preparations are still being made currently. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charitable organization of their choosing in his memory.
Pat Farmer, Founder/President
Allegro is so proud to announce that in 2022 we were able to offer more programs than ever before in our 21-year history. The need for Allegro’s programs has become even greater as a result of the pandemic. Most children, especially children with disabilities, were impacted academically and socially by the pandemic. The children with disabilities that Allegro teaches felt this impact even more. Now that daily life is basically back to normal, Allegro desperately needs your support to be able to keep building upon the momentum that we have made with our students over the last year of programs.
Allegro Foundation’s driving passion is to show Children Living with Disabilities what they CAN do. This is what the staff of the Allegro Foundation pour their heart and souls into every day. Helping children living with disabilities feel successful is so important! Success provides confidence and the ability to contribute at a greater level-which are Allegro’s goals for each student that we teach.
A new friend recently mentioned a new way of thinking about Allegro students that resonated with me, and I wanted to share it with you…
Imagine being in a classroom where the instruction is given in a completely different language than the one you regularly speak. How frustrating would that be? How lonely? How difficult to stay on task? This is how it can feel for students with disabilities in a traditional classroom setting. Enter Allegro Foundation. Allegro developed a unique curriculum based on years of research that uses movement to reinforce learning concepts, allowing students to feel what is being learned and commit it to muscle memory.
How does this look in a classroom? If, for example, students are learning to count, a traditional approach would be to count 1, 2, 3, 4 and then have the students mirror that back. The concept of numbers may not be readily grasped by students of differing abilities, and they may be hearing or interpreting something like 2, 5, 6, 10. An Allegro lesson might have the students march in place, use their bodies, and the to the beat of the music drum out the numbers.
Allegro Foundation is committed to helping preschool and elementary age children, regardless of their disability, learn in an often very new way. The results we are seeing are extraordinary. What seemed like a “radical” idea for teaching thirty-one years ago has been tested over time and has become a highly accepted modality.
Allegro runs FREE Movement Education programs in numerous Charlotte Schools, including Huntersville and the University areas, as well as Fort Mill and Rock Hill Schools, working with students during the school day on a weekly basis. We also run community outreach programs at Sardis Presbyterian Church. We are eager for more parents to know about Allegro’s entirely FREE programming and would like to teach as many children as possible.
If you know of a student who could benefit from an Allegro after school program, please reach out to us. In the summertime, Allegro also facilitates programming through numerous summer camps.
How Can You Help? Allegro most definitely needs your financial support! As you may know we do not receive any government support or help from the United Way. Allegro exists on private donations and grants to help over 800 children living with disabilities each week. There are more than 18,000 children living in Charlotte, including Huntersville and the University areas, and in Fort Mill and Rock Hill who would benefit from Allegro programs. We want to reach as many children as we can. We do not discriminate against any type of disability - we are open to all! Your donations can help us reach these families!
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, we have a large demand for volunteers needed to help with the Free Movement Education Classes, as well as in the Allegro Office and with our special events.
Founder & President
Allegro Foundation… a Champion for Children with Disabilities is a local non-profit headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Now in our 29th year as an independent organization, we provide our movement education programs FREE OF CHARGE to children and their families living in the Charlotte Mecklenburg and York County, South Carolina communities.
Did you know that Allegro Foundation accepts matching gifts?
If your place of employment has a matching gift program and you are already a donor to Allegro, then please consider adding Allegro to your company’s list of approved charities. Not only will you double the impact of your donation, but you will be helping Allegro continue our mission to bring FREE movement education programs to families of children living with disabilities throughout North and South Carolina.