The Otto Bremer Trust has announced a $1 million gift to the PACER Center, a St. Paul-based nonprofit that works to ensure the safety of students in school, to establish the Otto Bremer Center on Innovation for Children and Families at PACER.
The funds will boost PACER's capacity to meet local families' need for information and support through virtual trainings, Web-based resources, an app, and other innovative services. The organization also will develop new workshops and informational resources for families, providing assistance on topics such mental health, bullying prevention, student achievement, and assistive technology.
Nationally, one in five families has a child with a disability or special healthcare need, while approximately one in four students is bullied. In 2015, PACER responded to more than forty-four thousand requests for information and assistance from families, friends, and others.
"Through this new center, we will be able to implement innovative activities that give parents hope and support so their children can reach their highest potential," said PACER executive director Paula Goldberg. "It is exciting to know that because of the Otto Bremer Trust's confidence in PACER, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of even more families."