Students and staff at the Schwartz School in Dartmouth are asking for your help to continue their year-round special education programs for young people from age three to age 22.

You can help by supporting their "Endless Summer" fundraiser on June 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kilburn Mill in New Bedford.

Lori Sousa, Director of Development and Marketing, visited Townsquare Sunday to discuss the long history of the Schwartz School and share details about the fundraiser.

The Schwartz School is affiliated with Meeting Street School in Rhode Island. The Schwartz School was formerly known as the Schwartz Center. It opened its doors in 1947, and for many years it was located on Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford before moving to Dartmouth in 2006. The merger with Meeting Street happened in 2014.

"It's two like-minded organizations coming together to do great things for kids," Sousa said.  "We always urge people to visit the Schwartz School. It's the most inspiring place I've ever seen."

Meeting Street also operates an Early Intervention Program on North Street in New Bedford for children from birth to age three.

Every non-profit needs to raise money to continue its mission and the Schwartz School is no exception.

"The Endless Summer Fundraiser is a re-launch of our 'Fishing for a Cause' event that started last year," Sousa said. "We will have a boardwalk theme this year that will feature photo booths, caricature artists and tarot card readings. We just want people to have a good time and support a great cause."

The evening will include a raw bar and cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and an open bar at 7:30 p.m. There will be live music on the Kilburn Mill deck until 10 p.m.

Two leaders from Bristol County Savings Bank, Michele L. Roberts and Patrick Murray Jr., will be honored for their generous support of the Meeting Street/Schwartz School.

For tickets, visit the Meeting Street website.

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