April Pancake Breakfast

April 8th, 2014

The spring pancake breakfast was notable for its festive air, wonderful food, and the large, festive crowd of friends, alumni, Board members, students, parents, and staff. Old friends had the opportunity to catch-up and former strangers got to know each other over coffee, eggs, sausages, pancakes, and toast. All done in a good cause.

But most of all there were the children and they are what we are all about.

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Overbrook Idol 2014

March 18th, 2014

Overbrook Idol 2014 was the perfect time for the students of Overbrook to celebrate pop culture’s top Billboard hits! The middle school, high school, and school to work students worked as individuals and in small groups to practice singing and dancing to their favorite songs. This was a day for all participants to “shine bright like diamonds” as they cheered each other on. Congratulations to all students who participated!

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Announcing the 2014 TVI Summer Program! Application Available

March 6th, 2014

Transition Vocational Initiative
JULY 6th–18th 2014

Deadline is April 30th, 2014

Career Awareness Summer Program
Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BVS) in partnership with Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) present Transition Vocational Initiative (TVI) a two week residential summer program for students who are blind or visually impaired. TVI is held in the Independent Living Apartments on Overbrook School for the Blind’s campus located in Philadelphia, PA.

TVI Opportunities

Students will live in a supported apartment setting.
Students will job shadow with 3-5 different employers.
Students will practice team building at Philadelphia Rock Gym.
Students will explore a variety of public transportation methods.

Career awareness and preparation for finding a job.
Job exploration and performance.
Using assistive technology in all locations.
Developing O&M skills.
Developing Independent Living Skills.
Socialization in the workplace and home.

Download the TVI Summer Program Application Form, 2014 (word format)

Download the TVI SUMMER PROGRAM Brochure!

To APPLY or for more INFORMATION contact:
Stephanie Hays, shays@obs.org or 267-670-2577

African-American History Month

March 4th, 2014

In honor of African-American History Month the students in Ms. Ramano, Mrs. Holland, and Mrs. Young’s classes gave oral presentations on African Americans who made history. Each student put a great deal of effort researching their subject and creating visual posters for their presentations. The students practiced often for their oral report. They did an outstanding job and kept their audiences actively engaged. Great job everyone!

Visit photos of students presenting.

Beautiful . . .

February 26th, 2014

. . . but we’ll be glad to see the last of it. Hopefully, today–February 26, 2014–is the last of this winter’s falling snow. And if it isn’t?

We still have the excitement and joy of spring and summer on the OSB campus, including the upcoming spring concert and music festival, commencement, prom, the mosaic project, our extended school year, the Transition Vocational Initiative, and so much more.

There will be more about all of these events and celebrations as they happen. Stay tuned!

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Men’s Goalball Team

February 20th, 2014

The Goalball Team was hard at work Tuesday afternoon. Goalball practice is a time when athletes can hone their skills and get feedback on their performance from coaches. If you’ve never attended a Goalball match at Overbrook, you certainly should. It is a great spectator sport that takes skill, patience, athletic ability, and a heavy dose of fearlessness!

See a slideshow from Tuesday’s Goalball practice.

Honoring Teacher Accomplishments

February 20th, 2014

The Annual VI Luncheon for the many OSB teachers who are certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired was both a celebration and an opportunity for professional discussion in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

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Wing Bowl

February 10th, 2014

Good humor, vigorous competition, and big appetites marked the 2014 OSB Wing Bowl. The youngest competitors feasted upon safe, bite-size patties, and the older students on wings. A panel of adults–to everyone’s delight–attempted to eat bite-size patties with their hands behind their backs.

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Wing Bowl Champions

We want to thank everyone who made the 2014 Wing Bowl a huge success!

The Winners are:

Round One – Early Childhood – Lailah

Round Two – Elementary – Ny’Aziah

Round Three – Middle School – Angela

Round Four – High School and School To Work – Sean

The following competed in the Championship Round:

Elijah, Nasim, Yahtae, Anthony, Marvin, Tatyana, Njema, and Nick


With 12 wings each, the winners are Tatyana and Elijah.

Congratulations! Your names will be added to “trophy”.

Special thanks go to Mr. Kitzhoffer, Mrs. Brennan, Ms. Marano, Food Services, John Martin, and Joe Leach.

Hope to see you back in 2015!

Mrs. Kilgore and Mrs. Perry

2014 Interim Awards

February 7th, 2014

The annual Interim Awards, as always, were inspirational, aspirational, and just plain fun. The student entertainment was energetic and joyous. A good time was had by all.

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Fisher 218 Classroom Business

January 27th, 2014

The School to Work students in Fisher 218 are learning about money skills, creating products and selling them through their classroom business. This business includes the creation of bracelets, soaps, dog treats and lanyards, all handmade by the students and with the support of the classroom staff.
The students are responsible for going into the community to purchase the items that they need to make their products. They also work diligently to create the items and to come up with new ways of marketing products to the members of the school community. They also use a check log to keep track of the money they earn and the money they spend on supplies to make sure that they are making a profit. Profits go toward the Senior trip, which is a special privilege that occurs during the students’ Senior year. Although not all of the students are ready to graduate, they have the chance to work on these projects during the years leading up to their graduation.

The students are responsible for following a pattern and adding charms to their bracelets. They also use cooking and baking skills when they make the dough and bake the dog treats. For the soaps, they melt glycerin in the microwave, pour the warm glycerin into molds and add drops of color and scent. They also work on packaging and labeling their products.
It takes patience, focus and dedication to create theses handmade items and it helps the students build strong work ethics that can be applied to future jobs. They also learn important communication skills when working with customers and they learn how to adjust their products to meet customers’ needs. The students get a feeling of pride when they sell their items to appreciative customers. All in all the classroom business helps the students with their money math skills, work skills and communication skills.

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