The buzz at Miller-Driscoll School this past Friday, April 28 was all about Bee Kind Day, with the kids–and even teachers–decked out in bee antennae and black and yellow bee costumes. Four lucky, randomly-selected children also won a $25.00 Toy Chest gift card, a stuffed bee, a pack of beeswax crayons–and their picture in GMW (see below). The event and the drawing were sponsored by the Parent Advisory Board for Special Services and 504 (PAB) as part of Disability Awareness Month in Wilton Public Schools.

“All the kids were incredibly creative this year, and they really showed the spirit of kindness,” said Mary Jane Reis, PAB secretary, who helped organize the drawing. “The PAB wants to thank all the parents and children who participated. You are all winners when it comes to Bee-ing Kind!”  More than 40 families sent bee photos to the PAB for the drawing.

The four, randomly-selected winners were:

Ryann Tobey, from Mrs. Sullivan‘s Kindergarten class at Miller Driscoll was very excited to show her kindness through a costume. According to her mom, Ryann recently started playing with a child that she says no one will play with. “I like how this program enforces the very kind decision she made,” says Ryann’s mom, Amy Tobey.

Vivaane Uttamchandani, a second grader in Mrs. Casl’s class.

Maryn Brooks, who is in Mrs. Cook’s first grade class.

Autumn Keener, a pre-k student in Mrs. Blair‘s class.

In addition to sponsoring the drawing prizes, the PAB also gifted 85 bee antennae to the Miller-Driscoll faculty, including special sparkly ones for principal Kathryn Coon, and assistant principals Janean Carley and Jeremy Cross. The front office desk wore t-shirts that read “Being Kind Never Goes out Of Style” – also gifted by the PAB.

Disability Awareness organizer Kara Berghaus noted, “The PAB really appreciates the Miller-Driscoll administration, faculty and staff for their support of Disability Awareness Month, and for wearing bee gear in honor of Bee Kind day.”

Disability Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Wilton Parents Advisory Board. Part of the PAB’s mission is to improve the level of understanding about children with special needs and the services they receive within the Wilton schools and community. In addition, the PAB aims to improve communication, education and trust among parents of children with special needs and the Wilton Public School staff and administration.

​To learn more about the PAB and its other outreach programs, or to connect someone else who might benefit from getting information about IEPs, 504s, and/or community services and mental health supports, visit the PAB’s new website or contact the group’s officers via email.