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Look here for information on our work with local K-12 schools and universities, and other community outreach events! Bennett’s Village is engaging students and making a difference from the middle school level to graduate classes at UVa.


July 2022 e-newsletter

Communication board to be installed at Pen Park After many months of planning, we are so excited to share the news that a communication board will be installed at Pen Park by the end of the month. Communication boards use symbols or illustrations to help our nonverbal community members communicate with others. This will be the first communication board…

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California Triathalon Benefitting Bennett’s Village

California Triathlon is hosting a race on September 4th 2022 at Fry’s Spring Beach Club and has named Bennett’s Village as a partner! Make a donation to Bennett’s Village when you sign up for an event or by following this link  This event will feature seven options for participation (Triathlon, Triathlon Relay, RunBikeRun, SwimBike, SwimRun, 400 yard Swim…

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Art Contest

Are you ready for a fun art contest?! We want to know, what does inclusive play look like to you? You have until March 25th to work on and submit your paintings and drawings — we’ll share all the designs, leave the voting up to you, and the winning designs will have a spot on a Bennett’s Village shirt,…

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February 2022 e-newsletter

Friends of Bennett’s Village, We have lots of exciting news to share. There are several upcoming events that need your participation. We hope you’ll join us. Public input meetings for Bennett’s Village In spring 2019, when we first presented the dream of Bennett’s Village to the Charlottesville City Council, we relied on community members like you to share your…

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Bennett’s Village Party in the Park!

You’re invited for a celebration of Bennett’s Village! When? Sunday, September 19th from 1:00-5:00PM Where? Pen Park Join us for the BIG REVEAL of our award-winning playground concept plan! Take a tour of the future home of the Treehouse (Phase 1)! Party with us at Pen Park, the future home of Bennett’s Village! Enjoy crafts, food, music, and family…

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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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