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On the heels of a $45,000 donation to a local school for the purchase of instructional technology, executives from the Ravitz Family Foundation and ShopRite of Cherry Hill, Inc., toured the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, N.J., earlier this month as part of a key philanthropic effort between the two local organizations.
Ravitz Foundation representatives Shawn Ravitz, Jason Ravitz and Brett Ravitz, who are also executives of ShopRite of Cherry Hill, toured the Bancroft School – which will utilize the funds to purchase SMARTboards, iPads and supporting software – where they met with teachers and administrators to discuss project details, including the benefits of iPads and SMARTboards in enhanced learning for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Ravitzes also met and spoke with some students who are using technology purchased through the grant.
“It was great to have the chance to see the work being done at the Bancroft School,” said Shawn Ravitz, treasurer of the Ravitz Family Foundation. “Bancroft has been a leader in services for those with disabilities in our community, and we are very proud to provide support so they can continue this great work.”
At Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and supports for children and adults with autism, acquired brain injuries and varied intellectual or developmental disabilities, administrators are equally grateful for the assistance provided by The Ravitz Foundation – the charitable arm of the Ravitz family’s group of five South Jersey ShopRites – which provides aid to children and families in need.
“We are so proud to have the support of the Ravitz Family Foundation, and it inspires our staff to know that leaders in our community are willing to step up and support the work we do here at Bancroft,” said Dennis Morgan, Bancroft executive director of education programs. “Special-needs education is being revolutionized thanks to technology, and in some ways, technology is even more critical to students in our school, who may face additional speech and cognitive challenges.”
Bancroft provides an innovative continuum of care and services for people of all ages in a variety of environments, from schools to outpatient and residential living facilities. Based in Haddonfield, N.J., the organization serves more than 1,500 individuals annually in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
In the Photo: From left, Shawn Ravitz, Jason Ravitz, Bancroft teacher Sara Trzuskowski, Brett Ravitz and classroom paraprofessional Whitney Cooper look on as student Dalton Hanna works with one of the Bancroft School’s iPads, which are loaded with instructional supports.