by Kay Steele Faulk
Stewart Home School is a treasure—not only because of the beauty of its campus and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but also because of its purpose. Privately owned by the same family for five generations, Stewart Home School is celebrating 115 years of serving the needs of intellectually disabled children and adults from throughout the U.S. and the world.
According to Sandy Bell, director, the school has 400 students ranging in age from 12 to 87, all of whom live on campus and go to school there. Many work in Frankfort and participate in community church services and social and recreational activities. She said, “For all these years, the school’s relationship with the Frankfort community and that of our students and their families has been outstanding.”
Bell said students’ families love coming to Frankfort. “They tell us all the time what a wonderful place Frankfort is. They see how the community gives both to the school and to their individual children—the jobs that are provided and the social and recreational opportunities. But that’s really not as significant,” she said, “as just the acceptance our students receive—the natural joy community members seem to take in being a part of our students’ lives. Our students are welcomed every place we go.”
The goal of Stewart Home School is to be here for another 115 years. Bell said that Stewart Home School belongs to the students they serve and their families. “We want to do everything we can to ensure we will always be an available choice for them to meet their special needs for lifelong education, encouragement and opportunity to lead successful lives.” For more information, call 502-227-4821 or visit www.StewartHome.com.