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Community Service Opportunities

The Benjamin School is always looking for community service opportunities.  We are hoping this one will be a bit different as it is an attempt to bring adults and children together in a meaningful experience by creating a common bond of service and honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. On Monday, January 20, 2014, we are hoping to fill two buses to help our local community.  The CROS Ministries gleaning program has been recovering produce in Palm Beach and Martin Counties for many years, distributing it free-of-charge to the needy in Palm Beach County and beyond. This is produce that cannot be sold in stores, but is still of good quality to be eaten.  We are hoping to provide a team of children and adults the experience of being in a field and picking produce that they know is going to provide hungry people with nutritious food they cannot get anywhere else.  Buses will leave campus around 8:15 a.m.  When the event gets closer, we will know exactly where we will be headed, but it is most likely the Boynton Beach/ Delray Beach area.  This will be a half-day activity, but we hope to include a stop for lunch on the way back.   Please RSVP to amy.taylor@thebenjaminschool.org if you are interested.  Each participant must complete the liability waiver and medical form which can downloaded here and will also be available on your parent portal on the website.  This activity is not recommended for children under the age of 5, and gleaners should be able to bend over and be able to lift 20 pounds worth of produce.  Two or three people should be able to lift between 50 to 60 pounds.


All seventh and eighth grade students and their advisers attended a powerful assembly put on the the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force.  That same organization gave a presentation for parents that evening.  The student feedback was overwhelmingly positive and appreciative.  This organization now offers a certification program for qualifying middle school students.  NOPE Certification is a process by which students can earn community service hours while increasing their knowledge of the topics presented in the NOPE assembly. Students who complete the certification requirements will also receive a personalized letter of recognition from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and will become eligible to receive the NOPE Life Choices Award and $200 Scholarship.  Students in this program have the option of completing different activities.  Through these creative projects, students can learn the value of maintaining a healthy, drug-free life and what to do when confronted with difficult drug and alcohol related decisions.  Participants create such things as videos, advertisements, essays, and presentations to raise personal awareness of the dangers of drug addiction and accidental overdose and they help educate others about the  value of a drug-free life.  Those interested in learning more about this program should go to www.nopetaskforce.org.


 

Students can take part in community service both on and off-campus. The following is a list of opportunities, many of which are through organizations that partner with The Benjamin School

Blowing Rocks Preserve
574 South Beach Road
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
(772) 545-1255
Contact: Teri Jabour

Boys and Girls Club of Martin County
11500 SE Lares Avenue
Hobe Sound, FL 33475
561-545-1204
Contact: Leisa Smith Fulton

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
2500 Jupiter Park Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
561-575-3399
Contact: Becky Wily

The Center for Family Services
4101 Parker Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561-514-0564
Contact: Daniel

Friends of Jupiter Beach
beach clean-up at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month
on the beach at A-1-A and Marcinski, near the Juno pier
561-748-8140
Contact: Anita Lanker

Jewish Community Center
3151 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
561-689-7700
Contact: Lisa Isadore

Lola and Saul Kramer Senior Service Agency
4847 Fred Gladstone Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
561-616-0707
Contact: Judy Hatch

Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Please note: You must be 16 years of age to volunteer, as well as willing to make a 6 month commitment to this project.
14200 US Highway 1
Juno Beach, FL 33408
561-627-8280
http://www.marinelife.org/

New Pines School
Hispanic Human Resources Council, Inc.
1427 S. Congress Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-641-7400
Contact: Judy Pierman

Pegasus Foundation
for abandoned/abused animals
561-310-5779

Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and Clinic
185 E. Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL 33477
561-747-1598
Contact: L. Dean

SunFest
Attn: Executive Assistant
Tequesta Branch Library
461 Old Dixie Highway
Tequesta, FL 33469
561-659-5980
Contact: Myrna Sprull

Sunshine on a Leash (training dogs to help people)
453 Caravelle Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458
561-776-8237
Contact: Maureen Parsons

Youth Court Trials and Teen Arbitration
School District of Palm Beach County School Police
North and Central Courthouses
561-682-0026
Contact: anyone there can help

Various Charity Walks:
Leukemia
Diabetes
Cystic Fibrosis
Breast Cancer – Race for the Cure/ Susan B. Koman Foundation

Please note: Some agencies have minimum age requirements for their volunteers.

On-Campus Community Service:

The Benjamin School BASH
561.626.3415
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

The Benjamin School Library
561.626.3455
Susan.Duncan@thebenjaminschool.org

The Benjamin School Nook
561.472.3476
TBS.Nook@thebenjaminschool.org

The Benjamin School Summer Program
561.626.3431
Marisol.Tejera-Mede@thebenjaminschool.org

 

The Benjamin School

Main Address & Lower/Middle School
11000 Ellison Wilson Road
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Ph: 561.626.3747

Upper School
4875 Grandiflora Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Ph: 561.472.5998

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