Over forty five years ago, the Monarch School and the services it provides was only a dream of parents and others who were concerned about the lack of community options for children with disabilities and their families.
Parents, advocates and concerned citizens came together in the late 1960s and organized a volunteer playgroup for area children. In our archives, we have pictorial evidence from 1969 showing volunteers and children enjoying the newly initiated playgroup. In 1974, the group sought and received formal status as a nonprofit organization under sponsorship of the Gateway Association of Retarded Citizens.
The early days of the school were punctuated with re-locations: a year in a church, then a move to a Lions Club and then back again to a church until 1986 when the school opened in its own quarters where it has remained for the last 40 or so years.
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