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Ben Bronz Academy to Hold Inaugural ‘Lace Up for the Library’ Walkathon

Ben Bronz Academy will be holding a walkathon this spring that will start and end on their West Hartford campus.


Ben Bronz Academy hit the ground running this year in preparation for their inaugural walkathon event – Lace Up for the Library – that is set to take place on April 30, 2023 beginning at 10 a.m.

The funds raised from this major fundraiser will go towards the renovation and development of the library at Ben Bronz Academy, as well as the creation of the media center/STEM area. You may also notice the new logo and colors being used for promotion for the event! The school’s new logo, “Upswing,” is a depiction of the growth of the Ben Bronz students.

“The library/media center will be an important resource for the student body as well as the faculty,” Executive Director Dr. Gail Lanza said. “It will be a space to explore curiosities and work through academic struggles, but it will also be a place to find comfort and relax when necessary. Our students work extremely hard and we hope the library will serve as an added safe space to process what they have learned throughout the day.”

Ben Bronz Academy is a Connecticut-approved private special education school in West Hartford servicing students grades 2-12 from around the state who struggle to learn. Students have been identified with various learning disabilities, including: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Executive Function Difficulties, ADHD, CAPD, and ASD (mild/Asperger’s). Ben Bronz Academy’s goal is to help students correct their functional weaknesses and to develop strong, spontaneous thinking habits that build self-confidence, foster curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning.

BBA was founded in 1985 with the belief that every student deserves to succeed. Since then, BBA has prepared hundreds of students for academic success. The individualized learning program enables students to master learning skills, achieve academic success and enhance self-confidence.

“I am looking forward to walking alongside colleagues, students, parents, and the community,” said mediator Emily Coon. “A walk-a-thon is the perfect way to rally together and show our love and dedication to the school. The new library and media center is going to be an exciting new addition to our school and will only improve the connection between students and their learning. I am looking forward to seeing all of the growth within Ben Bronz Academy thanks to the community’s support!”

The support from the local community as well as businesses and individuals from across the state is crucial to the success of this event. The event already has nearly 30 sponsors, including Autism Sparkles; CHH Engraving; Kainen, Escalera & McHale; West Hartford Lock; the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce; The Flood Law Firm; VMS Construction Company and many more – but the work is not done yet! Organizers are still looking to add more sponsors to this event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Ben Bronz Academy Walk: Lace Up for the Library please reach out to Emily Pavano at 860-709-8501 or [email protected]. Please help us support our students through their academic journeys in the best way possible.

For more information about Ben Bronz Academy please contact Executive Director Dr. Gail Lanza at 860-236-5807 or [email protected].

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