Miami, Florida, July 7, 2008 Coral Rock Academy, Florida's first and only specialized school for emotionally fragile, high functioning children with neurobiological disorders, celebrated a permanent home with a ceremonial lease signing at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC on the Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus in Kendall. Coral Rock will move into their new location at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on August 12, 2008.Presiding over the open house ceremony June 12th were Managing Partner at Hunton & Williams and John C. Sumberg, Managing Partner at Bilzin Sumberg. Together, with Board member Richard Schuchts, they were instrumental in securing Coral Rocks new location, working with the Symmetry Foundation Board members to find a new location in Miami-Dade County once the previous lease expired at Temple Israel. Symmetry Foundation is the non-profit organization founded by the Symmetry Board comprised of Marty Steinberg, Arnaldo Perez, Chris McAliley, Federico Intriago, John Sumberg, Richard Pollack, Tracy Nichols, Richard Schuchts and Rick Critchlow that created and developed Coral Rock and oversees the Academys operations and fundraising efforts.
This is a great facility for us to be able to utilize to meet the needs of our children. We are elated, Mr. Steinberg said. In addition to the new facility, the Symmetry Foundation Board will be granting five scholarships this year, as a result of the work of Chris McAliley and Federico Intriago, co-chairs of the Scholarship Committee.
Two years ago, when Marty initially approached me, children with emotional fragility, learning differences and average or above average intelligence had to travel out of state to receive the services provided by Coral Rock, said Mr. Sumberg, who also serves as vice chair of the Symmetry Foundation. Now that Coral Rock exists here in Miami, it was crucial that we find it a new home so that it can flourish. We are proud to be a part of this great step for this important school.
About Coral Rock Academy
Coral Rock Academys mission is to support, fulfill and advance educational and social needs of emotionally fragile, high functioning children with neurobiological disorders. It is the first of its kind in Florida, providing a customized education setting for children with autism spectrum disorders. The Academys goal is to develop the whole child and teach students the skills for everyday life.About Alper Jewish Community Center
The Alper JCC offers residents of South Dade a variety of cultural, recreational, social and educational activities. The extensive facilities accommodate programs including workshops and seminars, youth activities, and special needs and early childhood development programs. The facilities also house the Futernick Family Fitness Center, a fully equipped recreational and exercise area, and the Sablotsky Cultural Arts Center, which hosts exhibits and performances from some of the foremost Jewish artists, authors and entertainers today. For more information about the Alper Jewish Community Center, visit www.alperjcc.org.