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Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.
Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.

We thank all those who supported our many 50th Anniversary celebrations that took place throughout 2017

50th Anniversary Gala

Golden Anniversary Gala

On October 12, 2017, Willie Ross held its Golden Anniversary Gala Celebration: Past, Present, Future at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. With founders, alumni, current students, staff and families in attendance, a keynote address from actor Anthony Natale and emceed by Kathy Tobin, the evening was a tribute to our school’s success. The event included reflections on the school’s history, where Willie Ross is today, and a special glimpse of new things to come.

SummerFest

On July 15, The Willie Ross School for the Deaf hosted SummerFest, a community celebration for all in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary. Throughout the day at Greenwood Park in Longmeadow, approximately 250 neighbors and friends of Willie Ross enjoyed family-friendly entertainment, a barbecue, art activities, face painting, a bouncy house, and field games.

  • Photographer Credit: Emily Hodos
  • Photographer Credit: Bridget Miller
  • Photographer Credit: Leon Ngyuen
  • Photographer Credit: Leon Ngyuen

Testimonials

During SummerFest, we asked school founders, alumni, staff and friends to share their stories and what they love about Willie Ross:

Other 50th Anniversary Events

Willie Ross SummerFest
July 15, 2017
On July 15th, Willie Ross School for the Deaf hosted SummerFest, a community celebration for all in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary.
Community Partners Recognition Day
June 1, 2017
On June 1st, Willie Ross School for the Deaf celebrated the achievements of its work study students and the companies that support them at our annual Community Partner Awards Ceremony.
Language Acquisition and Learning in Deaf Children Conference
April 8, 2017
On April 8th, Willie Ross co-sponsored with Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education a one-day conference titled "Language Acquisition and Learning in Deaf Children."
Willie Ross School Hockey Night with the Springfield Thunderbirds
February 25, 2017
On February 25th, Willie Ross School was honored to be the special guest of the Springfield Thunderbirds. Students of Willie Ross performed the national anthem on the ice before the game started.

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