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Ella, Connor, and Anna were born at 25 weeks, weighing two pounds each. After three months in the NICU, parents, Lori and Rich Kariss learned that Ella and Connor had spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. While the news was devastating, Lori and Rich embraced their potential and made sure that their triplets knew they were loved beyond measure. Ella and Connor started their journey at P.G. Chambers School in March of 2010 where they blossomed beyond their hopes and dreams.

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At P.G. Chambers School Ella and Connor have Found . . .

At P.G. Chambers School, Ella and Connor have found:

  • Love, joy, family and friends.
  • Their unique voices through the use of NOVA chat technology that unlocked their minds and their potential. As a result, they participate in classroom activities and lessons, can communicate what they want and /or have learned and engage in conversation. They tell jokes, play pranks and are able to express their feelings. Who doesn’t love to hear your child say, I love you!
  • Their freedom to ride bikes, play sports, perform in school shows and create beautiful artwork through the use of gait trainers, power chairs and specially equipped bikes, and switches.
  • Their confidence to always try something new.

They have embraced their fearless independence, and their pride in their accomplishments is palpable!

Giving Hope

As Connor and Ella continue their journey, the future holds HOPE . . .

HOPE that Ella and Connor will continue to accomplish things that people thought they may not.

HOPE that as technology advances they will be able to do what currently is unthinkable, and

HOPE that there are no limits to what kids like Ella and Connor can do.

Thank you for believing in the potential of all our children and for you ongoing support.

Inspired Learners...Thanks to You!


Funding Opportunities

Your gift of:

$5,000 funds an adaptive transport stroller.

$3,000 funds Eye Gaze software which allows a student to control their communication device using their eyes.

$1,000 funds a child’s gait trainer/walker.

$250 funds a child’s participation in two early intervention therapy sessions.

$100 funds a child’s assistive communication switch.

Your gift of any amount, helps students like Ella and Connor reach their unique potential.

Donor Testimonials

“I have been supporting P.G. Chambers School for over 20 years because it is a truly special place.  Children with special needs are given a chance to embrace their potential and families are supported with open arms.  I hope you will join me in helping P.G. Chambers School continue their life changing work.” – Susan Kloss, Community Friend

“I have had the privilege of working with children and families for almost 50 years and it is a pleasure to be a part of improving the lives of children and families with special needs. As the school’s receptionist for the past 10 years, I am the lucky one because I get to see our children thrive every day! Parents are happy, kids are happy and that is why I support this special place ” -Nancy Sniffen, P.G. Chambers School Employee

“Giving is not just about making a donation, its about making a difference.  At P.G. Chambers School, the teachers and staff are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our students every minute of the school day, and seeing the smile of comprehension dawn on a child’s face when they learn something new. . . it’s pretty damn amazing. As a parent of three, I know how much of a difference having a great teacher makes!”  -Ronita Mathias, P.G. Chambers School Trustee

“I support PG Chambers School because everyone involved in guiding these children with special needs inspires me on a daily basis. They are patient, kind and awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Dedication to teaching in this regard should be celebrated and recognized!” – TJ Hull, P.G. Chambers School Volunteer

Make A Gift Today To Support Ella, Connor and their Friends.

Corporate matching gifts can increase the impact of your gift.  Check with your employer to see if they offer this valuable benefit.

The Cares Act, extended through 2021 includes provisions to encourage donations to schools like ours.  A $300 tax deduction is available even if you don’t itemize.  New in 2021, for those who are married filing jointly and do not itemize, you will be able to take an above the line deduction of up to $600 in cash contributions.  If you do itemize, the existing gap on annual contributions is 100% of adjusted gross income.  Please consider donating today by check, credit card, stock or your donor advised fund.

To make a recurring gift use the box below.  Donation amount listed will be charged monthly.  You can stop payments by emailing desantisk@chambersschool.org


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Donation Total: $5,000.00 One Time

On request, PGCS Form 990, and related information is available for public inspection at PGCS in Cedar Knolls, NJ. Copies of this information will be provided at cost within five days of the request by calling 973-829-8484.

P.G. Chambers School is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code. Tax ID# 22-1551480. Information concerning charitable solicitations may be obtained from the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey by calling 609-292-4925. Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement.

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