May Center for Child Development School in West Springfield To Hold Tag Sale to Support Autism Services


West Springfield, MA – For the third consecutive year, the May Center for Child Development in West Springfield, Mass.,—one of May Institute’s schools that serve children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities—is participating in the Rodman Ride for Kids. The Center will sponsor a Tag Sale on Saturday, September 19, to raise funds to support its participation as one of the beneficiaries of the Ride. The Tag Sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 511 Main Street, located next to St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church.

The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for a wide variety of children’s service agencies across Massachusetts. May Institute is honored to be a beneficiary of this exciting event for the third consecutive year. The Ride for Kids and its beneficiary agencies fundraise throughout the year, and efforts culminate each fall with the event itself – a 25-, 50-, or 100-mile non-competitive cycling tour. This year’s Ride will be held on September 26.

One hundred percent of every dollar donated to the Ride for Kids directly benefits the children served by the beneficiary agencies. In the last two years, the May Center in West Springfield has raised over $3,000, which has allowed it to purchase specialized computer equipment for speech therapy, books, and other classroom materials.

“Local community support helps us provide the highest quality services to the children and families we serve,” said Heidi Howard, M.P.A., Chief of Business Development at May Institute. Last year, thanks to the hard work of our program staff, an outpouring of donor support, and Don Rodman's generous matching gift, May Institute raised over $145,000 to enhance our children's programs across New England.”

The May Center is also currently selling raffle tickets to support its participation in the Ride. To make a donation online, please visit and select Team West Springfield. Donations can be made through November 30.

About May Center for Child Development
The May Center for Child Development in West Springfield, Mass., serves children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. The Center is a year-round school that provides individualized instruction six hours per day to children from pre-school through age 22. The school is part of May Institute’s national network of programs and services.

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and other behavioral healthcare needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems.

Since its founding over 50 years ago, May Institute has evolved into an award-winning national network that serves over 25,000 individuals and their families annually. The Institute operates four special education schools for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, and a school for children and adolescents with brain injury. An active center of research and training, the Institute maintains affiliations with more than 55 universities, hospitals, and human service agencies worldwide.

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