News & Updates from Barber National Institute

2021 Shillelagh Golf Tournament Winners

2021 Shillelagh Golf Tournament Winners

Posted on June 21st, 2021 at 12:26 PM

Congraluations to the 2021 Shillelagh Golf Tournament winning foursome!

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Celebrating Graduation

Celebrating Graduation

Posted on June 10th, 2021 at 11:27 AM

After a school year unlike any other, students, faculty and families came together to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021 on Tuesday, June 8.

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2021 Shillelagh Man of the Year

2021 Shillelagh Man of the Year

Posted on June 3rd, 2021 at 4:04 PM

We're proud to announce the 2021 Man of the Year as Joe Fries. Joe has been a supporter of the Institute for many years and has both attended and sponsored many Barber events. An avid Shillelagh participant, Joe is proud of winning the tournament in 1997 and still has the photo of Dr. Barber presenting the award to his foursome.

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Pre-K Counts Outdoor Classroom

Pre-K Counts Outdoor Classroom

Posted on May 21st, 2021 at 3:53 PM

Our outdoor Pre-K Counts classroom is back for the warm weather 🌞 with 21 activity stations, students will prepare for kindergarten as they learn science, technology, engineering and math.

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Supported Employment Success

Supported Employment Success

Posted on May 3rd, 2021 at 2:36 PM

What does it mean to find a job you love? For James, a participant in our Supported Employment Program, it's meant taking on new responsibilities, having money to pay bills and finding fulfillment.

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Donations for Camp Fun

Donations for Camp Fun

Posted on April 26th, 2021 at 12:03 PM

It’s going to be a fun summer for children and adults in two Barber National Institute camps, thanks to a donation from an Erie church.

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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, announce 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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