November 29, 2012
Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org or 215.290.6405
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT CELEBRATES THE SEASON AT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB)
-Holiday Concert is a century-old tradition at OSB-
Philadelphia, PA: The largest ensemble in the history of the Music Department at Overbrook School for the Blind will perform in “A Peaceful Silent Night,” the annual holiday concert at Overbrook School for the Blind. This year, 52 students will participate in the holiday concert on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Overbrook School for the Blind, 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia.
The annual Holiday Concert is a long-standing (over 100 years!), beloved tradition at Overbrook School for the Blind. This year, the OSB Bell Choir, Mixed Ensemble and Concert Choir will perform a variety of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs and will feature solos by two Overbrook School for the Blind School-To-Work students. There will be a soulful voice arrangement of Joy to the World by Tashea White and a piano and voice solo by Franklin Nichols.
The concert program will continue with the boys singing Gloria and the girls singing The Winter Gift, and for all, a new arrangement of Silent Night. After the Bell Choir rings out a Hanukkah piece and the Junior Choir (made up of 7-11 year-old students) sings a few songs from their repertoire, the Mixed Ensemble will get everyone to join in the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa Celebration.
After the concert, everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Rotunda of the Overbrook School for the Blind. For more information about the Holiday concert, please call (215) 877-0313 or visit www.obs.org
September 20, 2012
Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org, 215-290-6405
OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND WINS COMMUNITY CHILDRENS GARDEN AWARD
Philadelphia, PA: Overbrook School for the Blind has won First prize in the Community Childrens garden category of the 2012 City Gardens Contest from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).
The award will be presented at the PHS Fall Garden Festival at the Navy Yard on Saturday, September 22nd. Students from Overbrook School for the Blind will accept the award.
The gardens at Overbrook School for the Blind include two growing spaces. One is located in the Biddle Hall (Elementary program) courtyard, which is all raised beds and planters/pots, and the other area is outside of Lions Hall (cafeteria) which has two raised beds, in ground growing, and apple trees. Students of all ages participate in these programs — they plant seeds and grow seedlings in the classroom; they transfer the seeds and plants out to the garden; they water and weed the garden; and then they pick the bounty. Many of our students have also juiced, dried and cooked with the produce and herbs that they have grown.
Research has shown that community gardens provide more than just a place for gardeners to get their hands dirty. The American Community Gardening Association states that community gardens serve to improve the quality of life for people in the garden; provide a catalyst for neighborhood and community development; stimulate social interaction; create opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education; reduce crime; reduce city heat from streets and parking lots; and provide opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.
For more information about Overbrook School for the Blind and its gardening program, please contact Roseann McLaughlin at (215) 877-0313 or visit www.obs.org.
For Immediate Release
September 12, 2012
Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org or (215) 290-6405
NEW MEMBERS ELECTED TO BOARD OF MANAGERS AT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB)
Philadelphia, PA: Gerald Kitzhoffer, Director of Overbrook School for the Blind, today announced the appointment of a new President to the school’s Board of Managers.