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Beaufort Academy has donated more than $400,000 to Coastal Community Foundation for grants to help disabled and special-needs students.
The endowment, which the Coastal Community Foundation will manage, will be distributed through competitive applications from schools, churches, government organizations and public charities.
The school's board decided to donate the money, which had initially been given to the school for children "who have different learning styles," board member Laura Dukes said.
The school already has established its Learning Center, which opened five years ago and helps any Beaufort County student struggling with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorder. Tutoring; skills remediation in reading, writing and math; teacher training; and preventative SAT prep sessions are among the center's services.
The Learning Center was funded largely through donations by community leader Malcom Goodridge and Beaufort Academy alumni.
Dukes said the board has been planning to give the money to an organization with a larger reach. The foundation, she said, fit that bill.
"(It) has such a great reputation and reach, both south of the Broad (River) and throughout the region," she said. "The foundation has a track record in making responsible decisions with funding and attracting great applicants with creative ideas."
Dukes said the board began planning the donation in September and details hammered out by January.
Coastal Community Foundation supports charitable organizations in eight coastal counties through more than $150 million held in more than 620 funds.