Sanderson Farms CEO, wife donate major gift to DuBard School

Sanderson Farms CEO, wife donate major gift to DuBard School

(The following is a press release from Southern Miss.)

A generous stock gift with proceeds nearing $100,000 from Joe and Kathy Sanderson to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation will help the DuBard School for Language Disorders continue its renowned legacy of providing assistance for children with speech and hearing disabilities.

Sanderson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms, Inc., and his wife, Kathy, have been longtime supporters of the DuBard School which began operation on the Hattiesburg campus in 1962.

“Kathy and I have known about the work being done at the DuBard School for many years, and we have known children whose lives have been changed at DuBard,” said Joe Sanderson. “We think what they do is important and certainly deserves to be supported financially.”

The DuBard School is designed to serve children with severe communication disorders, including receptive and expressive language disorders and childhood apraxia of speech, deafness and hearing impairments, as well as those with the written language disorder of dyslexia. Guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children also are provided.

DuBard School Director Dr. Maureen Martin noted that the Sandersons' gift will impact countless lives of children and their families, as well as students of the University's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

“Imagine the joy of a child being able to speak or read for the very first time, or the confidence gained when a student realizes success is within his/her reach,” said Martin. “Every day we see the benefits of intensive multisensory therapy on the lives – and futures – of children. We are extremely grateful to the Sandersons for making this joy possible.”

The Sandersons, who made previous gifts to the DuBard School totaling approximately $40,000, toured the facility last year and came away profoundly impressed with the services offered.

“We were welcomed by a warm, friendly staff and faculty,” said Kathy Sanderson. “Each classroom provides an orderly environment to enhance the student's learning experience. Attention to individual needs is a priority. The sincere love and compassion of the teachers and staff is heartwarming. It is not surprising that DuBard has earned a stellar reputation.”

The DuBard School, a United Way agency, is currently at full capacity with 80 children full-time, 11 months per year. There are approximately 20 students in the outclient therapy program which includes one-hour sessions two-to-three times per week. The school employs 14 full-time speech-language pathologists (most of which are certified academic language therapists), three part-time SLPs, and one psychometrist.

To learn more about the DuBard School for Language Disorders, call 601.266.5223 or visit: