Tuesday, two Overbrook students were honored for their sports abilities! Way to go Doug and Tashea.. YOU ROCK!!!
Overbrook School for the Blind proudly hosted the Middle States Accreditation Visiting Team last week. After almost two years of self evaluation, surveys, data gathering, and future planning we hosted five fantastic educators to help us evaluate our self study and set a course for the next seven years of strategic planning. We are grateful to everyone who participated in this tremendous undertaking, and its successful outcome!
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013
Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, Gloria@obs.org or (215) 290-6405
OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND’S “APPALACHIAN SPRINGS” CONCERT
Philadelphia, PA: The theme of this year’s May concert at Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) will be “Appalachian Springs,” a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century. The concert will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7 p.m. in the OSB auditorium at 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Overbrook School for the Blind Concert Choir will perform several well-known pieces of folk music such as Simple Gifts, He’s Gone Away, Let the River Run by Carly Simon, and the spiritual Soon I Will Be Done. Each song will be introduced by a student who will recite a piece of American poetry or read an introduction that presents each piece of music in an historical context.
The Bell Choir will ring out a Bell Fanfare, by David B. Brown, Red, White and Blue, Grand Canyons (from Southwestern Spirit Suite) by Michael Mazzatenta and Buffalo Gals Chopsticks, arranged by James Smith.
The repertoire for the Junior Choir, which is made up of students ages seven through eleven, includes two African American spirituals, This Little Light Of Mine and Oh Won’t You Sit Down. They will also present Let’s Sing, America!, arranged by Tom Anderson.
Later in the program, the Mixed Ensemble will focus on American Folk songs like Dakota Dances, The Crawdad Song, Find Me A Rainbow, and Raise A Ruckus.
After the concert, everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Rotunda of Overbrook School for the Blind. For more information about the Spring Concert, please visit www.obs.org.
The High School Program celebrated International Foods Day and it was a great success!
All classes brought in dishes from countries that they studied and shared a fantastic meal.
The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia had their annual Storybook Ball this weekend. Several Overbrook students were in attendance and had the time of their lives. The students and families met award winning authors, played in the most amazing museum that ever was, and dressed up as their favorite storybook character. It was an amazing time for all.
We are so tickled that so many alumni, friends of OSB, and community showed up for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. Thank you for everyone who made this event such a success!!
Overbrook School for the Blind will be awarded the 2013 Preservation Achievement Award for its Roof and Cupola Restoration Project by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The award will be presented on May 15th at the 20th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards Luncheon in Philadelphia.
Overbrook School for the Blind’s Roof and Cupola Restoration Project included the removal of the 114-year old copper cupola that sits over 100 feet in the air atop OSB’s rotunda building. As part of a complete renovation to the main entrance roof of OSB, the 15-foot tall and five-feet wide cupola was restored with new 20-ounce copper and all of the original details were replicated during the process. When the cupola was taken down, a time capsule was discovered inside with documents detailing the names of the mechanics who originally worked on it, their timecards and information about the project. To continue this tradition, Overbrook School for the Blind created its own time capsule with names and pictures placed in the new structure along with copies of the original documents.
Celebrated every May, the Preservation Alliance Awards luncheon is a celebration of the individuals, organizations, businesses and projects that exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation throughout the region. Attended by over 600 guests, the luncheon is the largest gathering of preservationists in the Philadelphia area.
Congratulations, Overbrook School for the Blind!
Don’t forget to start making your plans for the Pancake Breakfast on April 21, 2013!
We can’t wait to see you there!
PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND (OSB)
Philadelphia, PA: Overbrook School for the Blind will hold its 20th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast with the Philadelphia Filipino-American Lions Club on Sunday, April 21st in Lions Hall at Overbrook School for the Blind, 6333 Malvern Avenue in Philadelphia.
The Pancake Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue through 1 p.m. Admission is only $7 per person for an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, coffee, and juice. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
In addition to door prizes for lucky guests, raffle tickets will be available at $1 each. Raffle winners will receive several unique door prizes, including cash prizes of $500 and Phillies tickets.
Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit Overbrook School for the Blind’s programs and services.
Free parking is available across from the school’s main entrance on Malvern Avenue.
For more information, contact Robert Smith at Overbrook School for the Blind at (215) 877-0313, ext. 264 or visit www.obs.org.
We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break and are ready to get the rest of the year underway. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since the first school bell in September. We are excited for all of the wonderful sports, events, proms, dances, fun day, concerts, trips, and of course — education that will take place in the next few months before summer. Get ready, because this time of year really flies!