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Kanner Students Present

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Kanner Holiday Check Presentation

Every December the students and teachers at the Kanner Learning Center put together a magnificent Family Luncheon and Holiday Show and this year certainly did not disappoint! The event started with a special check presentation from State Senator Andy Dinniman. Senator Dinniman recently secured $100,000 in funding, through the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, for the installation of shatter-resistant and energy-efficient windows in the Kanner Cafeteria.

Picture on Left: From L-President and CEO Robert Q. Kreider, Senior VP and COO Maggie McGill,Devereux PA Advisory Board member William Grim, State Senator Andy Dinniman, Devereux Trustee Lisa Yang, Devereux PA Advsiory Board members Barbara Smith-Cogshall and Joan Berquist

“Devereux has a long and rich history of reaching out to society’s most vulnerable members,” Dinniman said. “It is important that we continue to support its efforts to ensure that those with emotional, developmental and educational disabilities get the services they need.”

After a wonderful lunch, family and friends were treated to the Kanner Learning Center’s version of A Charlie Brown Christmas which, like the original TV special, focused on the theme of finding the real meaning of the holidays. The student’s of Kanner already know that one of the important messages of the holidays is about the importance of giving and reaching out to those in need.

  Kanner Student, William, performing a number

Kanner Student, William, performing a number

  Kanner student, Dakota, performing as Santa

Kanner student, Dakota, performing as Santa


Over the past few years the Kanner Center has worked with several charitable organizations. As volunteers in the community, students have helped with lunch prep in shelters, acted as companions to the elderly in nursing homes and also participate in the adopt-a-highway program. This year the special Holiday Show fund-raising project was donations of blankets and canned food items to Project HOME. Project HOME (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, and Education) enables individuals to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach programs. In Kanner’s Charlie Brown Christmas even Linus donated his beloved blanket!

Picture on Right: The Kanner students' donation of a quilt to Project HOME

Kanner Quilt Presentation


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