Chris GarciaThe Arc was founded in 1954 by parents who needed support and services for their children with special needs.  The organization lauded Garcia, the 17-year-old son of Kyle and Melissa Anderson of San Antonio, for his work with the San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team.  It’s part of his Monarch Academy curriculum to learn valuable skills in the workplace that will lead to a bright future as an adult.

“We’re thrilled that Chris has received this wonderful recognition from The Arc,” said Anne Bristol, Monarch Academy head of school.  “Chris is a conscientious, hard-working student who’s a delight to be around.”

 She said Monarch Academy “believes every individual deserves the opportunity to be prepared for life, so we empower each student to achieve his or her own personal best.  We focus our attention on getting each student ready for independence and employment through reading and math instruction as well as social and life skills and vocational readiness.”

Founded in 2011, Monarch Academy emphasizes a safe teaching environment, holistic focus on the individual, low student-teacher ratio and structured physical education program, she added.  

Monarch Academy, located next to Morgan’s Wonderland at 5235 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio just west of IH 35, is one of many initiatives of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation to help those with special needs.  A unique, completely wheelchair-accessible theme park, Morgan’s Wonderland features more than 25 elements and attractions including rides, playgrounds and gardens.

The STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex and the San Antonio Scorpions soccer franchise also were created through the vision and leadership of Hartman Foundation.  Net profits from STAR Soccer, the Scorpions and Toyota Field, the Scorpions’ multi-purpose stadium home, help non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland meet its operating expenses as well as expand programs and services for the special-needs community.