SUMMIT, NJ - The Junior League of Summit (JLS) has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Summit Speech School that enabled the school to to purchase and install a piece of interactive playground equipment -- called "The Music Store" -- for the school's hearing impaired children.

The JLS helped start the Summit Speech School in 1967, and has remained a supportive community partner throughout the years.
The Summit Speech School’s mission is to teach deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and speak for themselves, so they can enter kindergarten and succeed in mainstream education.  Their program does not use sign language, but builds on the student’s own hearing ability supplemented with modern technology such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.  
"The Music Store" features various musical instruments, including drums, chimes, and bells, to help encourage children to get creative.  As they play, children will improve social skills, gross motor skills, and cognitive skills. 

Currently celebrating its 85th Anniversary, the JLS awarded a total of $55,000 in Community Grants last year.  

Its purpose exclusively educational and charitable, the JLS is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

For more information on the JLS, visit  For further information on the Summit Speech School, visit
* JLS attendees: 
1. Jolie Steppe, President 
2. Christina Goulding, Community Assistance Chair