School-wide Community Service Initiative Announced

The Benjamin School’s annual school-wide community service project has been announced for the 2018-19 school year. The School will be partnering with The Palm Beach Habilitation Center, an organization serving adults with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities.

PBHC’s aim is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the best environment in which to learn, work and live. They provide vocational training, employment, community job placement, life skills training and other resources to aid their clients.

“Previous Benjamin school-wide projects have addressed issues in the areas of hunger, homelessness, health, education and hurricane relief. These projects have been extremely successful and meaningful. Concern for others and a commitment to serve society is included in the School’s mission statement and has always been an integral part of Benjamin's culture,” said Director of Student Services Susan Poncy.

Partnered initiatives planned for the school year include:
 
  • WOW Annual Trike-a-Thon - The youngest TBS students will be invited to bring art supplies to their event to share with PBHS clients.
  • Halloween Costume Drive - Grade 3 and Upper School students will join together to collect costumes to be donated to PBHC.
  • Holiday Decorating Party - Upper school students will take food and decorations to the center. Students and clients will decorate the PBHC dining area together.
  • Holiday Placemats and Decorations - Kindergarten and Grade 1 will use their own artistic gifts to make cheerful additions to the PBHC ’s Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day celebrations.
  • Holiday Wreath Donation - Middle school students will make holiday wreaths which will be donated to residents at PBHC.
  • Winter Music Festival - PBHC will be invited to be guests at Benjamin’s dazzling holiday performance.
  • Games and Puzzles Drive - Grade 2 will collect and contribute games and puzzles. Upper School students will spend time playing the games and doing puzzles with the clients.
  • Book Character Day - PBHC clients will be invited to attend the annual parade and perhaps even get to hear some students read their own favorite books.
  • Lunch and a Performance - Grade 6 will invite new friends from PBHC to lunch and to attend their March Wheel performance.
  • Disabilities Awareness Month - PBHC clients and staff will work with TBS students and faculty to increase awareness and understanding of people with disabilities.
  • School Musical - PBHC clients and staff will be invited to attend.
  • Spring Cleaning - TBS will collect gently used clothing and shoes to be donated to the Palm Beach Habilitation Thrift Store.
  • Business Office - TBS Business Office staff will travel to the PBHC office where they will have lunch with office staff, tour the facility and learn about the Center’s mission.
 
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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.