Lydia Urban Academy in danger of closing, asking for funds to remain open

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A local school may be finishing out their last semester – ever. Lydia Urban Academy is a last chance for many students who face learning or behavioral challenges.

The private school in downtown Rockford is funded through grants, but those grants are shrinking.

Three weeks ago their parent organization, Lydia Home Association, told them they had until the end of the month of December to raise $40,000 in order to continue in the spring.

The Academy says they must remain open to give a future to many hurting students.

“It’s 20 students that if we close down, there’s not a good chance that many of them will graduate. Many of them will end up in jail, many of them will possibly end up in mental health institutions,” says Lydia Urban Academy Director Chard Carty.

The Academy says their goal once they raise the money is to continue to add more students to that 20. So far, they’ve raised $6,000. The Academy is having a fundraiser on December 18th at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Machesney Park.

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