News & Updates from Barber National Institute

2021 Art Show Award Winners

2021 Art Show Award Winners

Posted on April 16th, 2021 at 2:11 PM

Drum roll, please!  Watch Jude Shingle, one of the judges for the Jay & Mona Kang Virtual Art Show & Sale, announced the winners on Thursday, April 15 during the 5:30 p.m. newscast on WICU TV.

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Dr. Barber Recognized during Women’s History Month

Dr. Barber Recognized during Women’s History Month

Posted on March 5th, 2021 at 5:22 PM

March is Women’s History Month, a commemoration passed by Congress in 1987 to recognize the contributions made by women throughout history and in contemporary society.  In a series created by Erie News Now, Dr. Gertrude A. Barber, founder of the Barber National Institute, was celebrated for her legacy of services to persons with disabilities and their families.

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Celebrating National Employee Appreciation Day

Celebrating National Employee Appreciation Day

Posted on March 5th, 2021 at 9:13 AM

In recognition of the more than 1,475 employees carrying out the mission of the Barber National Institute, including all of those staff in the Elizabeth Lee Black School, in 95 group homes, day programs across Pennsylvania, Behavioral Health Services, Early Intervention, and all departments that support these essential services. 

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Teacher Awarded

Teacher Awarded

Posted on March 4th, 2021 at 10:04 AM

Congratulations to Ashleigh Dzurik, a teacher in the Elizabeth Lee Black School, who received the “Golden Apple Award” sponsored by Edinboro University and WJET/Fox 66.  Ashleigh was nominated for this honor by Alex Pelc and his mother, Tricia Pelc. Because of Ashleigh's dedication and support, Alex achieved so much progress that he was able to transition to his home school district.

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Beast Virtual 5K Returns

Beast Virtual 5K Returns

Posted on March 1st, 2021 at 8:10 AM

Will March come in like a lion or come in like a lamb?  For fitness enthusiasts, it will be coming in like a beast!

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Success With Project Search

Success With Project Search

Posted on February 25th, 2021 at 4:30 PM

The national Project Search program is collaborating with the Barber National Institute, AHN Saint Vincent Hospital, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the Erie County I.D./MH Office, and the Erie School District. 

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Digital Learning Celebrated

Digital Learning Celebrated

Posted on February 25th, 2021 at 11:09 AM

You don’t have to look far to see how digital technology has transformed education over the past year.  As the pandemic forced schools to close, digital technology enabled students to continue learning at home, and in hybrid education as schools mixed remote and in-person instruction.

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Vaccine Info for Individuals Without Internet Access

Vaccine Info for Individuals Without Internet Access

Posted on February 2nd, 2021 at 12:25 PM

The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Human Services has provided resources relating to the COVID-19 vaccine for those with limited or no internet access.

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Jewelry Purchase Makes a Difference

Jewelry Purchase Makes a Difference

Posted on January 27th, 2021 at 9:29 AM

It's not too early to start thinking about a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone! Just shop online and the Barber National Institute will receive a portion of every purchase when you name us the beneficiary at checkout.

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Underdog BBQ Serves Meals for ELBS Families

Underdog BBQ Serves Meals for ELBS Families

Posted on January 19th, 2021 at 2:31 PM

Twenty-five families from the Elizabeth Lee Black School received meals prepared by Underdog BBQ and donated by employees in the City of Erie Department of Refuse. Meals were prepackaged and provided during a no-contact, drive-through distribution. On behalf of our students and families, thank you for this delicious treat!

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