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County Goddard Schools celebrate anniversary

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 2:15 p.m. CDT

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Goddard Schools in McHenry County are helping to celebrate the national organization’s 25th anniversary with a special fundraising campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Schools in Lake in the Hills and Cary are joining in the celebration and fundraising efforts, with the hopes of helping reach a national goal of $250,000.

To reach each school’s individual goal of $577, Goddard Schools will be fundraising until Feb. 15. The majority of the money raised locally will stay in the community. The nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide will be fundraising to support children and families served by their local Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters.

“At The Goddard School, even the youngest children learn about compassion and cooperation. This partnership with RMHC provides a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about good deeds and what it means to support those in need,” said Sue Adair, director of education at Goddard Systems Inc. “The fundraising efforts for RMHC allow the children to learn firsthand the importance of helping other families in their communities and across the country.”

In addition to each school's fundraising efforts, the children are creating birthday cards to support children served by RMHC. The birthday cards will be distributed throughout the year by RMHC directors to pediatric patients or family members celebrating birthdays during their, or a loved one’s, hospital stay.

For every card that Goddard Schools collect, Goddard Systems Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, will donate $1 to RMHC, up to $25,000.

In addition to decorating birthday cards, children at The Goddard School at 4561 Princeton Lane, Lake in the Hills, are holding a quarter drive this week for Ronald McDonald House. Michele Clark, owner of The Goddard School in Lake in the Hills, said a birthday party and open house will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

A Cupcake Bake Sale begins at 9:30 a.m. today at The Goddard School at 801 Georgetown Drive, Cary. Owner Kimberly Mitchem said the Cary school will have a birthday party and open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

“We are grateful for the support we receive from The Goddard School. By raising awareness and funds for RMHC, together, we are able to help provide hope, healing, resources and strength to families who are facing the battle of their child's medical crisis,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO of RMHC.

To learn more about Goddard Schools visit

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About Ronald McDonald House CharitiesRonald McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of local chapters in 57 countries and regions, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy.

All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit

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