Music teacher with young girl

As a tribute to late superintendent of Special School District of St. Louis County John Cary, Special Education Foundation established its major donor society in his honor in June 2015. The John Cary Society endeavors to perpetuate the generous spirit of John Cary, who gave tirelessly of his time to students, parents and staff and extended a generous hand to the Foundation. This effort will enhance programs and services that help children and youth with disabilities succeed in areas not supported by tax dollars.

The John Cary Society is comprised of six levels of annual giving:

Adaptive Equipment – $7,500
Scholarships – $5,000
Hearing Aids – $2,500
Mini-grants – $1,000
Leadership – $500
Campership – $250

Donors may sponsor a teacher for membership in the John Cary Society. Gifts may be made in one payment, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly for 10 months. To make a gift or for more information, contact Executive Director David Diener at 314-394-7030 or

John Cary Society Members

Melisa and Don Bohannan
Carol Cary
Rita and Greg Diekemper
Amy Lange
Patrick and Joyce Maher
Gary E. Mitchell
Tim and Rebecca Randolph
Steve and Mary Schoolman
Mary Steinau
Brent Underwood and Patty Corum

We are grateful to these and the many other generous donors who support the Foundation through our events.