Welcome to the Bennett Alumni Website. We are very pleased to now have a high quality website to better serve our many alumni. We hope you will find useful information here and use the website frequently. Among the most important goals of the website is to assist our reunion classes in planning their events and reaching their classmates. If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know. Are YOU a member of the Bennett High Alumni Association? If not, please join.
Irene McLeish- Greene, President
See the Buffalo News article about the rebirth of Bennett that appeared in the Tuesday, August 23, 2016, edition of the Buffalo News. Please click the image to view the whole article!
The Alumni Association is grateful for the past and continuing work of everyone who contributed to the Redesign. The front-page picture could have included hundreds who helped save our school. Thanks to everyone involved we can enjoy its proud past and look forward to its promising future.
EXCITEMENT BUILDS AS "NEW" BENNETT PROGRAMS EXPAND
Most of us remember when Bennett High School was open and running to capacity from early in the morning until late at night. It was the site for a wide range of activities revolving around academics, clubs, sports and community activities. Your Alumni Association is committed to working toward having our school be the hub of a neighborhood that is experiencing a Renaissance. To that end we are pleased to report the following:
Bennett Computer Academy and Delaware North Partners in Cyber Security
The Computer Academy at Bennett has entered into a formal partnership with Delaware North. Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality and food service companies in the world with annual revenues of $3 billion. As part of Delaware North's ongoing support of the Buffalo community, the company has partnered with the Buffalo Public Schools in the launch of a four-year cyber security curriculum at the Bennett Computer Academy. Delaware North's IT department, which oversees the company's global cyber security program and IT infrastructure. is advising on the program's development to ensure relevance in today's business environment. The curriculum is designed to prepare our students for admission to colleges with highly regarded cyber security degree programs. Making possible careers in cyber security with the federal government, state governments and private-sector companies.
Parent Center Has Grand Opening
On Monday, October 25, 2016, the Parent Center at Bennett was formally dedicated. The center was developed by the District to provide parents with both assistance and learning opportunities. The aim is to increase parent engagement in District events and activities. A wide range of community courses will be offered. Coming soon will be the addition of health and legal clinics.
The Parent Center is newly decorated in a warm and inviting way. It includes an activities area for youngsters. Laptop computers are available for use in the room. The Parent Center will initially be open from 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm on Fridays and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays. There is a plan to add Saturday hours.
This initiative goes a long way to expand outreach services at the school and builds on the full-service community facility that Bennett is once again growing to be.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Bennett High School Sports Hall of Fame
The Fourteenth Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held as follows:
Saturday, October 15
Bennett High School front hall and auditorium
Hors d’oeuvres at 4 p.m.
Induction at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 (pay at door)
Bennett Computer Academy Open House
for 8th Graders and Parents
The welcome for our first class at the “new Bennett” has just happened and it’s already time to think about recruiting for September 2017. If you know a 7th or 8th grader who might be interested in the Bennett Computer Academy, please invitethem to attend:
Monday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Honor Garden and Memorial Walkway
A beautiful garden has been built in front of the school and was dedicated in a ceremony on September 23. It features landscaping, a lovely place to sit and the engraved names of those who chose to be part of creating this special place. Stop by and read the “bricks” that have been named and reflect on the ties that bind so many to Bennett. If you are interested n adding a name or sentiment, please call Bennett at 716-816-4250 and leave a message for Neil Lange. He will return your call with the details.
In the past few years, the graduation rate at Bennett has increased dramatically. The mentors from our Alumni Associationave been credited with being a major component in this advance. If you have a phone and a little time, you can make auge impact. Please call Bennett at 716-816-4250 and leave a message for Jackie Jordan. She will return your call with thedetails.
Membership and Dues
If you have already sent your dues for your Alumni Association membership for 2016-2017, thank you so much. If you have not, please send a $20 check to the Bennett Alumni Association, 2285 Main St. Buffalo, NY