Freeport Community Foundation supports Rosecrance School

Dick and Marianne Drogosz (left) present a check to Jason Gorham, Administrator of Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, and Anne Boccignone, Rosecrance Vice President of Development.

Dick and Marianne Drogosz (left) present a check to Jason Gorham, Administrator of Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, and Anne Boccignone, Rosecrance Vice President of Development.

Dick and Marianne Drogosz, as well as Daniel Schmitt, Executive Director of the Freeport Community Foundation, enjoyed a visit August 27 to the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus to see The Rosecrance School, which will benefit from a generous donation from the John M. Drogosz Memorial Fund.

Daniel Schmitt, Executive Director of the Freeport Community Foundation, speaks to Rosecrance administrators, counselors and teachers at the Rosecrance School.

Daniel Schmitt, Executive Director of the Freeport Community Foundation, speaks to Rosecrance administrators, counselors and teachers at the Rosecrance School.

The donation will help update and add to the resources of the school, and the improvements made will allow Rosecrance clients to make progress in their educational goals.

The John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund was established in December 2010 by Dick and Marianne to honor the memory of their son.

The fund, which is administered through the Freeport Community Foundation, aims to help nonprofit organizations with educational, prevention and/or treatment of substance abuse programs focused on helping youth ages 21 and younger.

Matthew Fields, a teacher at the Rosecrance School, explains a behavior chart in his classroom.

Matthew Fields, a teacher at the Rosecrance School, explains a behavior chart in his classroom.

Students at the Griffin Williamson Campus follow the Rockford School District calendar, and the district assigns six certified teachers to the school.  Two to three hours daily are spent on core academics, the rest on art, gym or life skills. Books come from the students’ home districts; Rosecrance provides the space, furniture and equipment. Each class has a maximum of 14 students, and each student brings unique challenges.

For more information on the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, click here.