About The Katherine Thomas School (KTS)
KTS is a program of The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC), a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization founded in 1950 in Rockville, MD that annually serves more than 2,200 children and adults with a wide range of special needs. TLC’s mission is to improve the lives and expand possibilities for these individuals through offering a family of services within one organization.
Since 1995, KTS has enabled students with moderate to severe learning differences meet her/his full potential. Serving children in pre-school through 12th grade, KTS prides itself on understanding and meeting the learning needs of each student including their unique academic, social, and emotional challenges. By customizing curriculum through creative, multisensory, and research-based programs, KTS develops reading, writing, math and organization skills, and cultivates a life-long love of learning.
It began in 2005, parents Mary Rill & Shelly Bogasky planned the first soiree auction benefit with a vision for a social event where teachers, staff, parents and supporters of KTS could mingle and make a meaningful impact on funding classroom wish lists. The Parent Association has never looked back.
Below: The annual pre-party, held a couple months in advance of the Benefit, helps stock the ever popular Wine & Chocolate Pull featured at the KTS Benefit Auction.
Past Benefit Auction Chairs
✿ 2005–2006 ✿ Mary Rill & Shelly Bogasky
✿ 2006–2007 ✿ Mary Rill & Shelly Bogasky
✿ 2007–2008 ✿ Shelly Bogasky
✿ 2008–2009 ✿ Pat Bailey
✿ 2009–2010 ✿ Cara Tommer
✿ 2010–2011 ✿ Christine Giraudo, Susan Greif & Karen Beveridge
✿ 2011–2012 ✿ Julie van der Poel
✿ 2012–2013 ✿ Sheila Novak
✿ 2013–2014 ✿ Stacy De La O
✿ 2014–2015 ✿ Stacy De La O
✿ 2015–2016 ✿ Stacy De La O & Dani Fofanah
✿ 2016–2017 ✿ Sarah Barpoulis & Heather Gartman
✿ 2017–2018 ✿ Karen Lager
Above: A happy classroom can be seen working productively on new ChromeBooks. Last year’s auction proceeds were used to fund these and other school improvements.
Past Benefit Proceeds in Action
2017: The KTS 11th Benefit raised $90,000 for adaptive equipment, technology and educational materials.
2016: The KTS 10th Benefit raised $50,000 in support of sensory play and shade structures.
2015: The KTS 9th Benefit raised $36,000 in support of more classroom technology resources, including smart boards and audio-visual learning aids, such as teacher voice amplification (FM) systems.
2014: The KTS 8th Benefit raised $34,000 in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) resources. Check out these stories from the KTS High school and from the KTS Lower & Middle schools.
2013: The KTS 7th Benefit raised $31,000 to fund new laptops, with a significant impact. This impactful video shows how KTS students benefited from the generosity of so many who supported the auction.