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Annual Report 2015-2016

For 50 Years, Key School has helped children find their KEY to success.

Letter from the President On behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to thank everyone for another successful year at Key School. We were so excited to celebrate 50 years of serving students with learning differences across Tarrant county and surrounding communities. It does not seem that long ago that our founder, Mary Ann Key, started her journey of helping children with learning differences around her kitchen table. Using cutting-edge curriculum taught by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, she began a six-week summer program to equip kids with dyslexia to succeed. Her passion for a strong academic program evolved into the school we all know as Key School. With that important mission in mind, the 2015-2016 academic year was important to not only celebrate our rich history but to plan for the future of Key School. In 2015, Key School acquired funding to complete a strategic plan and development audit using M. Gale and Associates, a consulting firm located in Fort Worth, Texas. The purpose of Key School’s Strategic Plan was to begin the journey toward a capital campaign and to reach the ultimate goal of acquiring a larger and more updated facility. The three major outcomes of Key School’s Strategic Plan included ways to empower the Key School family, increase community awareness, and define Key School ‘s vision for the future. One of Key School’s most notable achievements was the 2016 Gala. Stakeholders celebrated 50 years of successfully providing a unique and specialized education to students in Tarrant County and its surrounding communities with an Academic Decathlon. This well attended event not only celebrated the past, but also provided a glimpse into the vision for Key School’s next 50 years of excellence in education. We also introduced the Key Advisory Council, established the Key School Parent Group, created the Parent Meet and Greet activities, and hired a Donor Relations Manager. In order to provide the best in quality education, we added many enrichment classes for our elementary students including drama and art and began after school clubs for middle and high school students. We know our efforts have only begun. We anticipate the next year as we continue to implement our strategic plan and begin master planning for a new Key School. We have two great programs now but our future only looks brighter as we continue to expand our expertise in working with students in need of a structured and individualized education. Sincerely, Platt Allen III President

Annual Report 2015-2016

Congratulations to the Key School Class of 2015!

Copy and names

Left to right:

Ian Fay and Alec Turner

Statement of Activities 2.31% -0.1%

Support and Revenue 2015-2016

6.65% 85.02%


$2,087,725 $147,068 $163,521 $56,936 $260

Tuition Books, Meals, Fees Contributions Fundraising Events Interest Income

Total Revenue


5.13% 17.85%

Expenses 2015-2016 Salaries and Related Benefits Educational Expenses General and Administrative Fundraising

Total Expenses


$1,292,454 $434,687 $400,376 $115,064



Enrollment and Financial Aid Total Number of Students Served During:

Regular School 116

Summer Program 135

Financial Aid Awarded: $ 94,050

Key School’s financial statements were audited by CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Key School meets the charitable and educational definitions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax Identification Number: 81-0661502. Key School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, physical disabilities, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, and financial aid policies.

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“Key School to us is just like air to normal people – you just have to have it to live.” Bridgitt Horner

Special thanks to the Horner Family for chairing Key School’s Annual Giving Campaign Left to right:

Madison, Bridgitt, Keith and Christopher

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The Key To Our History The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital’s Pediatric Neurology Division initiated a cutting edge language therapy program designed to teach dyslexic students how to read. The program, utilizing the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling, focused on one-to-one student/teacher interaction. Among the program’s first graduates was Mary Ann Key, who was encouraged to attend by pediatrician John Richardson, M.D.

1964 1966

Mrs. Key and fellow teacher, Mildred Gardner opened Key School’s doors for the first time.


As word spread of this new, specialized way of teaching, demand for the school exceeded what was offered in the Summer Program. To meet this need, a Nine Month Program was added.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools evaluated the standards and programs of Key School and awarded accreditation which continues today.


At first, the school was held in many temporary locations, including churches and even Mrs. Key’s own house, but in 1996 Key School moved into its current location.

1996 1996

A new charitable and educational 501C(3) organization, The New Key School, was formed to acquire and transition Key School into a non-profit status. Key School began offering tuition assistance to low-income students.

2005 2008

A Development Department with a part-time development staff member to raise money for financial aid and other program support was added to the growing needs of the school.


Key School began planning the current Strategic Plan in order to move Key School forward and develop a new Vision for its growth.




The First Key School graduating class celebrated their graduation. Since that time, over 170 students have graduated from Key School. Our graduation ceremonies are unique in that each student gives a speech and recognizes family and faculty who helped them to get to this point.

Key School began their annual dinner and auction in order to raise funds for financial aid and other needed programs.

Kerri Benson became the Director of Key School following the retirement of Founder, Mary Ann Key. Under Kerri’s leadership, Key School continues to thrive and is looking to the future.

Key School celebrated their 50th Anniversary Gala with a unique Academic Decathlon event.

50th Anniversary Gala Our 50th Anniversary Gala was a successful event raising over $90,000 for our programs and allowed us to celebrate 50 years of successfully providing a unique and specialized education to students in Tarrant County and its surrounding communities. Over three hundred guests participated in an academic decathlon consisting of games centered around Key School’s rigorous curriculum. Guests were also invited to honor the school’s founder, Mary Ann Key, by signing a scrapbook and watching a video of events commemorating the school’s rich history.

Our teachers created the games that made up the Academic Decathlon. Featured (Top Right and Bottom Right) here are two of the most popular booths at the event – the Science booth led by Bill Carey and our Sports booth led by Chad Meeks

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Overcoming learning differences to create individualized educational success


Our students are equipped with the skills and strategies necessary to address their learning differences and to achieve their own level of academic confidence and future success.

Board of Directors Officers Platt Allen III, President Kay Wade, Vice-President R. Alston Roberts, Secretary/Treasurer

Directors Cathy Neece Brown Kelly Feik Mitchell J. Moses Clayton Odom Jean Scott Sam Smart Wanda Stovall

Key Advisory Council Betsy Griffith Allan Howeth John Richardson, M.D. George Runnion Claudia Stepp


Kerri Benson

Honor Roll of Donors $10,000+

$999 or less

Anonymous Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Mary Potishman Lard Trust Rosalyn G. Rosenthal Judy and Sam Smart The Morris Foundation The Rainwater Charitable Foundation

Andrea Adams Laurie and Platt Allen III Dr. Tessa Anderson and Fred Ghali Anonymous Penni Askew and Kevin Knapp Donna and Warren Austin Sara Baker Bank of America Employee Giving Diane Barber Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Barboza Cheryl Barnard Dede and Stephen Barth Kerri and Rick Benson Linda Berg Dr. and Mrs. David Beyer Gracie Annette and Stephen Bisbee Ann and Bill Bogle Lisa and Ben Boller William Bowers Box Tops for Education Clara and Horace Brown Leigh and Rod Bryant Lucy and Raul Canez CEC Entertainment Barbara Clark-Galupi and Charlie Galupi Communities Foundation of Texas Patti and Mark Cook Barbara and Al Cramer Dan Rhodes Remodeling, LLC Lisa and Lloyd Day Annie and Mark Ehrenreich Joyce Engler Walters Sara and Jarrod Fay Nancy Fisher Joyce Fournier and Andrew Fleischmann Aileen Gauntt Christina and Reggie Germain Jo and Arch Gilbert Connie Gilfeather Theresa and Steve Greig

$5,000-$9,999 R4 Foundation Sid W. Richardson Foundation The Gil and Dody Weaver Foundation

$1,000-$4,999 Dr. and Mrs. James Atkinson Barronena Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation BNSF Railway Foundation Fash Foundation William P. Hallman Bridgitt and Dr. Keith Horner Ken W. Davis Foundation Mary Stewart Ramsey Family Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas Glenna Odom Sally P. and Scott W. Mooring, III Charitable Fund of the North Texas Community Foundation Annette and Marshall Searcy Wanda and David Stovall Jessica and Matthew Upchurch Terri and Gary West Denise and Dr. Bryan White Felicia and Al Williams

Delinda Griffith The Hawkins Family Ruby Henley LaVonne and Randall Hilton Anne and Robert Hoffman Kimber and Conrad Holt Jody and Phil Huck Dr. Leslie James Barbara and Weldon Johnson Michelle and Brandon Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Don Johnston Jennifer and Chadwick Jones Mary Ann Key Lynnea Key Key School Faculty and Staff Kimbell Art Museum Kroger Community Rewards Kevin Kuenzli Cami Large Marsha and Jack Lawrence Marti and James Lawrence Martha and Victor Letbetter Carolyn and Dr. Bill Lorimer Susan and Alan Luskey Sheryl and Hein Maas Mary and Mike Marvin

Honor Roll of Donors Darlene and Charlie Mathis Michelle McBride Sue McGinnis Jean and Dr. John Meehan Brittney and Chad Meeks Genifer and Thomas Michel Donna and David Mills Lisa Mitts Jenny and Drew Mize The Murphy Family Michele and Larry Naeger Patrick Nash Margaret and Keith Neill Steve Nevil Eunice Norfleet Shari and David Pearl Pam Rayburne Debbie Reynolds Dr. John Richardson Tammy and Larry Riemenschneider Karen Roberts Katie and Alston Roberts Sandra Rounsaville Teresa and Tim Sanders Jessika and Benjamin Schroeder Linda and James Shepard Kristi Shisler Lisa Starnes The Steves Family Miryam and Scott Stewart Lori Strittmatter Mary Swift Target Textron Matching Gift Program Joy and Johnnie Thompson Kay and Jim Wade Deneise and Clay Walker Carrie and Brad Weaver Tara and Paul Wheeler Pat and Buddy Wood

In Kind Donations


Mary Anderson Hunter Austin Kerri Benson Becky Bertino Kate Boller Dr. Maryhelen Bronson Easton Caldwell Lucy Canez Kole Cilione Zachary Debenport Henry Demond Alex Dunn Fort Worth Academy Douglas Fournier Green’s Produce Maverick Hawkins Christopher Horner Jennifer Jones Jacob Knapp The Knight Family Olivia Kurtzeborn-Sowell Grant Ledbetter Chad Meeks The Meyer Family Jack Michel Donna Mills The Murphy Family Nadav Ninio Nick Petty The Phillips Family Millee Pomaro Jean and Bob Scott Dana Thompson Benji and Clay Upchurch The White Family Jennifer White

In Honor of Platt Allen III Nancy Fisher

In Honor of Linda Berg’s 50th Birthday Mary Ann Key Donna Mills

In Honor of Carla Brown Brittney and Chad Meeks

In Honor of Green’s Produce and the White Family Darlene and Charlie Mathis

In Honor of Delois Griffith Brittney and Chad Meeks

In Honor of Sarah Hamman Brittney and Chad Meeks

In Honor of Brenda Hopkins Brittney and Chad Meeks

In Honor of Chuck Hubbard Brittney and Chad Meeks

In Honor of Mary Ann Key

Peggy and Dr. Steve Brotherton Jo and Arch Gilbert

In Honor of Key School Staff Jean and Bob Scott

In Honor of Linda and James Miller Brittney and Chad Meeks

In Honor of Nick Mims Donna Mills

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Honor Roll of Donors In Honor of Wayne Mims Donna Mills

In Honor of Tyler Pearl for making the Dean’s List

In Memory of Bob Christian Mary Ann Key Donna and David Mills

In Memory of Nancy Dalton

In Memory of Patricia Nolan Mary Ann Key

In Memory of Eunice Norfleet

Donna and David Mills

Donna and David Mills

In Honor of Teresa Sanders

In Memory of Ruth Darr

Brittney and Chad Meeks

Donna and David Mills

Kerri Benson Lynnea Key Donna and David Mills

In Honor of Tim Searcy

In Memory of John Hargrove

Annette and Marshall Searcy

Donna and David Mills

In Memory of Michael Rayburne

In Honor of Dana Thompson

In Memory of Mary Clay Hernandez

Donna and David Mills

Memorials In Memory of Lynn Allen

Mary Ann Key Barbara and Weldon Johnson

In Memory of Pamela Ingram Donna and David Mills

Kerri Benson Key School Faculty and Staff Donna Mills

In Memory of David Kennedy

In Memory of Carolyn Armstrong Brogran

In Memory of Dr. Bill Lorimer Jr.

Sara Baker Kerri and Rick Benson Mary Ann Key Donna Mills Shari and David Pearl Deneise and Clay Walker

In Memory of Joella Orbison Cannon

Sara Baker Kerri and Rick Benson Mary Ann Key Key School Faculty and Staff Susan and Alan Luskey Donna Mills

Donna and David Mills Joy and Johnnie Thompson Mary Ann Key Donna and David Mills

In Memory of Jean Mallick Donna and David Mills

In Memory of Dolores Martinez Mary Ann Key Donna and David Mills

In Memory of Nona Mims Sara Baker Mary Ann Key Donna Mills

In Memory of Charles Edgar Nash III

Key School Faculty and Staff

Kerri Benson Donna and David Mills Shari and David Pearl

In Memory of Anita Rogers Donna and David Mills

In Memory of Don Sanford Ann and Bill Bogle

In Memory of Rae Schollmaier Sara Baker

In Memory of Jean Shamburger Mary Ann Key

In Memory of Rick Williams Sara Baker

In Memory of Frances Dorene Wolff Sara Baker Mary Ann Key Key School Faculty and Staff Donna Mills Shari Pearl

Key School’s 50th Anniversary Gala Donors Family Sponsor

Barbara and Mike Jiongo

Teacher Sponsor Anonymous

Decathlon Sponsor

Annette and Marshall Searcy Kelly, Hart & Hallman, LLP

Bar Sponsor

Steel Construction Services, LLC

Valet Sponsor

Theresa and Steve Greig

Invitation Sponsor

M. Gale & Associates

Doctorate Sponsor

Nelly and Brad Meyer Kay and Jim Wade

Bachelor’s of Science Sponsor Bridgitt and Dr. Keith Horner Shannon and Stephen Nolan Wanda and David Stovall

Associates Sponsor

Claudia and Jim Atkinson Barnard Motorsports Inter-dyn Marketing, Inc. Donna and Mike McGinnis Laura and Mitchell Moses Beth and Steve Phillips Dr. John Richardson Karen Roberts Jean and Bob Scott Judy and Sam Smart


Anonymous Peggy and Dr. Steve Brotherton Barbara and Al Cramer Carol Fischer Jennifer and Jeff Herr Jobe Custom Landscaping Company Sue McGinnis Kyle Mims Kristyn Murray Pat and Louis Pomaro Sandra Rounsaville Linda and James Shepard Shannon and Wade Spain Joy and Johnnie Thompson

In-Kind Donors

Anonymous Cheryl Barnard Joyce Barnard Kerri and Rick Benson Colonial Country Club Holly and Tim Dunn Lisa and Don Evon Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Iron Horse Golf Course Barbara and Mike Jiongo Joe T. Garcia’s Melinda and Tommy Johnson Kerry and Scott Landers Mary and Mike Marvin Michelle Payne Robin Jackson Photography Jean and Bob Scott Sheraton Fort Worth Soaring Adventures of America, Inc. Virtuoso Kay and Jim Wade Natalie and Mark Weimer

Our founder, Mary Ann Key, was honored for her 50 years of service and for beginning such a needed program to serve kids with dyslexia and other learning differences. Here she is featured with our current Director Kerri Benson and with one of our first graduates and current staff, Gene Saunders.

Annual Report 2015-2016

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Key School Annual Report 2015-2016  

For 50 years, Key School has helped children find their KEY to success. Learn about our 50th year through our 2015-2016 annual report.

Key School Annual Report 2015-2016  

For 50 years, Key School has helped children find their KEY to success. Learn about our 50th year through our 2015-2016 annual report.