WMAR ABC2 and The Summit School, a non-profit Baltimore area school for children with language-based learning differences are teaming up to reveal dramatic improvements to the school. The Summit School underwent a physical makeover thanks to the program Built Upon A Dream, and volunteers from the Maryland community. The Summit School has received more than $200,000 in goods, services, and donations through the show which airs on WMAR, the Baltimore affiliate of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). Based on ABC Network’s popular, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Built Upon a Dream offers local non-profit organizations a chance to greatly improve their facilities. The program hopes to capture some of the spirit and good work of ABC’s Extreme Makeover program and complete renovation projects for organizations in the Maryland region.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, from 2-3 p.m. sponsors and volunteers from the Built Upon a Dream team will join The Summit School students as they unveil their new facility. The Summit School is located at 664 East Central Avenue in Edgewater. The renovations will enable The Summit School to better serve the students, families, and local community. A half-hour TV special telling the story of the Summit School Dream Build is slated to air on WMAR ABC 2, on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
At The Summit School, now celebrating its 27th year of excellence, students in grades 1-8 with dyslexia and other learning differences receive individualized instruction that prepares them to succeed, while challenging them academically. Widely recognized for academic excellence and research-based methodologies, Summit empowers students and prepares them for success in high school, college, and beyond. The Summit School has received numerous awards including being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1999 and Nonprofit of the Year in 2008 by the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber.
This Built Upon a Dream project, benefitting The Summit School, included improvements across the campus in Edgewater. Workers improved everything from roofing, painting, electrical, fencing, and landscaping at the school. The work was completed by a group of contractors, suppliers and associated companies who make up the Built Upon a Dream team. All team member companies donated time, labor, materials and supplies to get the job done. Many of the individual corporate donations are valued at more than $25,000. The Built Upon a Dream team includes General Contractor, MacKenzie Contracting Company, Homestead Gardens, Fence & Deck Connection, K.Hovnanian Homes, Chaney Enterprises, Reliable Contracting, Roland Slate Service, and IBM as well as a number of sub-contractors, suppliers and volunteers.