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Hallowheels comes to Charlottesville

Bennett’s Village is exciting to be partnering with Children’s Adaptive Technology Services to bring Hallowheels to Charlottesville. Hallowheels partners kids ages 4-6 who have wheelchairs with teams to design awesome Halloween costumes. Hallowheels has become CATS annual FUNdraiser, and will be expanded this year. With the help of Bennett’s Village in Charlottesville, and Attendants4You LLC in Richmond, the event will be conducted simultaneously in…

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Spatial Audit of Charlottesville Parks

map showing percent of people under 18 with a disability 2012-2016 in the Charlottesville area

Last fall, students in UVA’s Urban and Environmental class PLAN 6020, Methods of Community Research and Engagement, partnered with Bennett’s Village to conduct a spatial audit of the Charlottesville parks. One of the focuses of the study was to rate the inclusivity of Charlottesville parks, particularly towards those who have limited mobility. As the report describes, ” Accessibility to…

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A Call to Action

Tomorrow, February 28, 2019, marks the one year anniversary of Bennett’s death. Please read (and share!) the following call to action in his memory: Dear Friends,We’re writing this with heavy hearts, appreciation, and hope. This week is hard for us. This Thursday, February 28th will be the one-year anniversary of Bennett McClurken-Gibney’s death, a 5-year-old who lived in our…

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Bennett’s Rocks

Images of pet rocks

by Kara McClurken (aka Bennett’s mommy) Bennett loved rocks.  Shiny ones, dull ones, rough ones, smooth ones, sparkly ones, and ordinary ones that he found in the parking lot.  Size, shape, color didn’t matter.  He saw them all for the individual potential and wonder.  Bennett’s love of rocks is a great way to talk with kids about diversity and…

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UVA Pediatric Residents raise $5694 for Bennett’s Village

sporting the Bennett's Village logo on the back on their tshirts.

Our hearts are full of gratitude! A number of UVA’s Pediatric residents ran in the Richmond Half marathon last November as a fundraiser for Bennett’s Village. They raised almost $5700 dollars to help us build a playground–our most successful fundraiser yet. If you want to run or bike on behalf of Bennett’s Village, just let us know–we’d love to…

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Grateful for YOU!

We at Bennett’s Village are struggling this Thanksgiving to celebrate without our dearest Bennett sitting with us at the table, but we are SO GRATEFUL for all of you, Bennett’s community, who have come together to help us create a place for ALL to play. May your day be filled with joy, laughter, and play.

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October update

Come support Bennett’s Village at the Brick Oven (in Rio Hill Shopping Center) on Monday, October 22, 5pm–9pm. 20% of all orders (dine-in or carryout) will benefit Bennett’s Village. Bracelets will be available for sale, and volunteers will answer any questions about our work. We hope to see you there!   The Board of Bennett’s Village met last week….

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