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Imagining a World where ALL Can Play

Lego Ben in his wheelchair is being held next to the Future Home of Bennett's Village sign. Lego Ben has brown, wavy hair, a huge smile, and a red shirt.

Rosser Wayland, Bennett’s Instructional Assistant at Johnson Elementary School, imagined a Lego world where all could play. To mark the anniversary of Bennett’s passing, Bennett’s mom Kara took Lego Ben and his playground to the future home of Bennett’s Village, where he could swing underneath the Bennett’s Village sign. Video Caption: A Lego inclusive playground with merry-go-round and wheelchair…

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2020 Roundup

Dear Friends of Bennett’s Village, What a year 2020 has been. Full of uncertainty, new ways of living and working, and much of our routines upended. But it has also been a time of appreciation—for our families, for outdoor spaces, for new ways of connecting. As many of you may remember, we had hoped to have a big celebration…

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October 2020 update

It’s an exciting time for Bennett’s Village! Bennett’s Village A Place for All to MOVE Challenge was a success! We had almost 80 participants and raised over $3,500. Cosmo the Sheepdog joined us and brought smiles to everyone at the park. We moved through our future home and took photos in front of the “big sign.” Most of all,…

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BENNETT’S VILLAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST RUN/WALK/ROLL/DANCE MOVE CHALLENGE

Bennett's Village Move challenge event logo with yellow sun in the background

FUNDRAISING EVENT INVITES ALL TO SUPPORT AREA’S FIRST MULTI-GENERATIONAL, ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND BY SAFELY MAKING WAY THROUGH ONE-MILE COURSE AROUND ITS FUTURE HOME AT PEN PARK OR TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY Two-Week Challenge to Take Place from September 19 Through October 3 andWill Welcome Individuals as Well as Teams to Participate CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – September 14, 2020 – This Fall, Bennett’s Village…

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Let’s talk about bathrooms

How often have you or someone you cared about struggled to use a bathroom due its small size, heavy door, or lack of accessible features?  Maybe it is because you were trying to use the bathroom and you had a young one in your arms (or the stroller wouldn’t fit in the stall).  Maybe you broke a foot and…

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Diagnosis Day

picture of Bennett and his family about to hike at Chris Greene Lake

May 23rd.  Since 2013 I have struggled with this day on the calendar.  Diagnosis Day.  It was the day everything changed.  Every SMA family (or any other family that receives a serious medical diagnosis) remembers the moment that forever changed the trajectory of their family’s life. I spent the first half of 2013 scared.  Bennett wasn’t meeting some physical…

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Paint a rock for Bennett’s birthday

Bennett loved rocks—all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. He loved polished beautiful stones from the rock store. He loved fossils. He loved sparkly gems. But he also loved the ordinary rock, found in a mud puddle. He spent many a recess asking kids and adults to pick up rocks he spied on the ground. He stopped us on the…

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Calling all artists!

Drawing of Greer Elementary School

Bennett’s Village is looking for artists, young and not-so-young, to send us drawings, paintings, photographs of your favorite place to play. All of us have places we love to explore, learn, relax, and reconnect. And we may be missing them right now. So why not share your favorite place with the rest of us so that we can see…

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