Learning the power of poetry through Deej

I have always thought that poetry is autistic: it revels in patterned sound. 

- DJ Savarese (Deej)

Renowned writer and advocate for people with disabilities, Deej has created an impact through his poetry based on his own experiences on being an individual with autism who is non-speaking. Carefully crafted, each of Deej's poems powerfully expresses the intricacies of his life, leaving the reader with a sense of wonder and awe.

The Schoen Charitable Family Trust was truly honored to help sponsor Deej's event at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa on October 19, 2017. Open to the students and the community, and attended by Laura, Vicky, and Connor of The Schoen Charitable Family Trust, Deej showed his documentary and concluded with a question-answer session. 

Click here to watch a trailer for his documentary Deej. 

Click here to access Deej's website for further information about his poetry, film, and activism. 

(Left-Right)  Deej, Vicky Schoen, Connor Schoen  (current Loras student) , and Laura Mootz

(Left-Right) Deej, Vicky Schoen, Connor Schoen (current Loras student), and Laura Mootz

Santo Domingo to Dubuque

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"Math is my favorite school subject and I like practicing with numbers," Asdelyn writes from Santo Domingo to the Schoen Family Charitable Trust. 

With the partnership of the nonprofit organization Unbound, the Schoen Family Charitable Trust has been writing back and forth with Asdelyn and other remarkable children from around the world. Unbound provides educational support to empower self-sufficiency for families who are currently living in poverty. The Schoen Family Charitable Trust is proud to be a sponsor of this impactful nonprofit for the past five years. 

Outdoor Music & Sensory Garden

Camp Albrecht Acres is in the process of creating play stations along paved trails for campers to stop and play musical instruments. Camper will get the opportunity to play and hear music, stimulating their senses of touch and sound.  As a bonus, they will get exercise while playing and walking the 2 mile path. We are thrilled that our grant will help Camp Albrecht Acres with this outstanding project.

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3D Printer Towards STEM Development

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Lourdes Academy of Oshkosh, Wisconsin was able to purchase a 3D printer for their new, growing Science Technology Engineering and Math program (STEM) through the Schoen Family Charitable Trust. With the help of the new 3D printer, the Lourdes Academy Middle School developed a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum where their students work hand-ons to gain true-to-life experience in STEM subjects; including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. The board is delighted for their donation to go towards the development of STEM in secondary schools.