On Tuesday, July 17, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visited Benedictine Programs and Services at the organization’s main campus in Ridgely, Md.
After arriving on campus, Hogan received an introduction and brief history of the campus and School’s 60+ year history from Benedictine Foundation Director, Barry Smale.
A locally sourced breakfast was provided by the Healthy Way Café program, a functional academics and life-skills kitchen for students created by teacher Lorraine Slama. Slama was recently named Educator of the Year by The National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.
Benedictine staff presented an overview of the specialized programs offered at Benedictine including a demonstration on adaptive communication devices used by non-verbal students.
Later, Executive Director, Scott Evans, provided a synopsis of Benedictine operations highlighting the focus of a community-based approach to providing services.