New name honors longtime supporters Terry and Debbie Carnes
The Children’s Guild, which serves children and youth with differing behavioral, emotional and learning abilities, named its Prince George’s County campus school building The Terry and Dojuan Carnes Building. The new name honors Terry and Debbie Carnes, who have raised more than $550,000 to support The Children’s Guild’s work, including construction of a new multipurpose gym on the Prince George’s County campus.
“When I first came to know Terry and Debbie, it was obvious they were at one with our mission and understood the plight of the children and families who depend on this organization as a lifeline,” said Andrew Ross, president and CEO of the TranZed Alliance, which includes The Children’s Guild. “They wanted to provide opportunity for children who were dealt a bad hand.”
Ross spoke during a ceremony on the Prince George’s County campus in December honoring Terry and Debbie Carnes and introducing the new name of the building. In addition to financial support, Terry Carnes chaired the TranZed Alliance’s board of directors and has led the organization’s golf tournament fundraiser for 10 years. Terry and Debbie Carnes are Prince George’s County residents and own CECA, LLC, and ConTest, LLC, respectively, professional engineering consulting firms with offices in Lanham, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
“I did not want to look back on my life and feel that I just talked about the things that were wrong with our society, our communities, our schools, our children. I knew I needed to find somewhere to serve,” Terry Carnes said. “I was so struck by the love and commitment of the teachers, teachers’ aides and administrators in this school. It was immediately clear to me that this was an organization I could become involved with.”
The Children’s Guild’s Prince George’s County campus is a nonpublic school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade with autism and emotional and behavioral issues. The school serves students in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and surrounding areas in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The TranZed Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of the TranZed Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy Public Charter Schools, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, The Upside Down Organization, the National At Risk Education Network, the TranZed Alliance Conference Center and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (www.childrensguild.org)