Cooking As Therapy

Follow Up from Mrs. Berkhammer: As we enter month two of the lunch program, I was thinking a little bit about JPII this time last year. What a difference a year’s time can make. We have definitely made progress! We have evolved and made huge strides in the right direction. ...

Continue reading

Lunch Program Returns to JPII

Exciting News from Mrs. Berkhammer: This year has been trying to say the least. Let us start by saying that since the start of this pandemic, we have always tried to find the positive in the mess of the past year. Some days are better than others. Just like everyone...

Continue reading

Today’s Gift Creates Lasting Legacy

Teacher Excellence Endowment Fund Planned gifts are very personal. They come from the heart and provide donors with the opportunity to create their lasting legacy. While these gifts are often made as bequests, it is possible to provide a planned gift today so you can see its immediate impact. At...

Continue reading

Giving JP Tuesday

“Exercise has a clear physical effect on our body; making us stronger, positively changing our health, and combating underlying health conditions” – Tara Simmons Help Us Improve Physical Health And Relieve Stress Through Adaptive Physical Education Program So many things have changed as a result of the COVID pandemic.  For...

Continue reading

Molli’s Story

“We’ve never had anyone care for Molli the way that your staff does,” – Kellie G Before coming to John Paul II Center for Special Learning (JPII), Molli had a difficult time in school. Simply getting her on and off the bus became a challenge because she didn’t feel comfortable...

Continue reading

We Can Make This Work

Tonight I dropped a Chromebook off at Orlando’s house. The Chromebook was all set up, connected and ready to go. I did all this leg work so Orlando would have a smooth transition. I did this so he could be ready for the first day of school. His family chose...

Continue reading

Mary’s Garden Grows On

Tucked in-between JPII’s school and adult wings is a beautiful garden, tended with love and great care by a dedicated group of volunteers. “It’s not just gardening when the other volunteers and I come to plant, weed and water – it’s a gathering of friends,” shares Priscilla P., the growing...

Continue reading

Mary Maher, Peggy’s Legacy of Faith Honoree

As we were poised to celebrate our 10th Legacy Gala, we wanted to honor the memory of the late Peggy Horrigan through the inaugural Peggy’s Legacy of Faith Award. JPII always held a special place in her heart and this recognition is given to an individual who shares her deep...

Continue reading

Sal and Nanette Cutrona, Halo Award Honorees

Canceling our physical Legacy Gala also meant that we are unable to gather and thank our Halo Award honorees, Sal and Nanette Cutrona.  Their support has been paramount in providing our students with the technology that allows them to not only complete their schoolwork, but also communicate with staff and...

Continue reading

Charity’s Story

“If you believe in angels, you all must know that Charity was given to us from God, and she is our Angel.” – Pam Oswalt, Charity’s grandmother As her family gathered around her to congratulate her accomplishments as a 2020 John Paul II Center for Special Learning (JPII) graduate, Charity’s...

Continue reading