The Benjamin community embraced the spirit of Thanksgiving this fall, as all three divisions undertook various community service initiatives to benefit the broader community.
Benjamin families across all three divisions collected pounds of food to benefit the Friends of Foster Children organization. Families donated Thanksgiving staples including stuffing, green beans, carrots, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to enrich lives impacted by foster care.
“Because of the large amount of non-perishable food donated to Benjamin's food drive by our very generous families, we were able to share it with several organizations this year,” said Director of Student Services Susan Poncy.
“ At this time of year, Friends of Foster Children provides large baskets filled with food items for their Thanksgiving dinners. The drive in the Lower School was spearheaded by the Student Council. In the Middle School, two sixth-grade advisory groups coordinated the drive. In the Upper School, baskets were provided by the National Honor Society and each advisory group filled a basket with Thanksgiving food items,” said Poncy.
The third grade collected gently used Halloween costumes to donate to the organization.
Benjamin students in the Worlds of Wonder (WOW) program celebrated the season during their annual Thanksgiving show followed by a multicultural potluck dinner.
Pre-Kindergarten students showed their thankful and grateful hearts by creating beautiful placemats for local veterans in the VA Hospital nursing care unit to use during their Thanksgiving dinner. The placemats were delivered to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach by Pre-Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Chesnes’s father, who is a veteran.
Pre-Kindergarten students also enjoyed their annual Thanksgiving program on the stage of the Barker Performing Arts Center. Led by Music Specialist and teacher Mrs. Joanmarie Garretson, the students sang Thanksgiving selections including “I Am Thankful.”
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.