Lauren Weisberger, author of the “Devil Wears Prada,” PGCS alumni Caitlyn, Robert, and Victoria, and Bloomingdale’s Short Hills, amazed the audience at the
21st annual Menus for the Mind Spring Luncheon on Thurs., May 5, at The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.
Guests had the opportunity to see first-hand what “helping children lead full, productive lives, develop confidence in their own abilities, and engage fully and frequently in the community” means for students at P.G. Chambers School. PGCS alumni Caitlyn, Robert and Victoria styled looks for their own fashion show with a community friend, Bloomingdale’s at the Short Hills Mall. PGCS alumni attend Roxbury High School- which offers public high school option for students with disabilities. All three students have completed major projects in fashion at Roxbury.
Victoria, talked with the guests using her augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or voice output device, saying, “I attended P.G. Chambers for 11 years. In fifth grade I organized a fashion show with the help of Mrs. Gilliland and another former student. I was so excited, because that was my first experience with fashion. I will be attending CCM for fashion merchandise. After attending college I planned to become a personal stylist.” Victoria is fulfilling her hopes and dreams, as she continues to discover her unique potential.
As guest speaker, Lauren Weisberger, toured the school; she was simply amazed at the children and staff. She said, “I read, and researched, but nothing was quite as powerful as walking down the hallways and seeing the driving passion of the teachers and therapists, and the students glowing with happiness- it was breathtaking.”
For the past 21 years, Menus for Mind has been the signature fundraising event for P.G. Chambers School; www.chambersschool.org. In addition to raising the awareness of the school and its mission, Menus has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide new technologies, curriculum, specialized equipment, and materials to students with disabilities.
The 21st Menus for the Mind Lecture Luncheon Series proved to be the most successful, raising $225,000. Thanks to all supporters and friends who made this a reality for the students of P.G. Chambers School.
At P.G. Chambers School, “discovering potential” is an important part of its mission, to provide the best, most comprehensive education and therapy programs for children with special needs. Founded in 1954, P.G. Chambers School offers a wide range of programs that help children with learning, physical, communication, and sensory disorders develop the skills they need to realize their unique talents and capabilities. These programs offer specifically designed activities for children from birth to age 22 years.