Palmetto Moon and The Bishop Family Foundation helped fund a new bus for Pattison’s Academy, a local organization that serves children with multiple disabilities by providing comprehensive education and rehabilitation programs. The organization received the new bus in the beginning of April 2012 for transporting children to and from school and therapeutic sessions.
“Pattison’s Academy provides an incredible amount of support for disabled children and their families in the Charleston area,” said Whitney Holzer, co-owner of Palmetto Moon. “When we found out about their need for a second bus, we knew we had to help. We are so glad to give back to this amazing organization any way we can.”
The brand new bus seats a maximum of nine children, with space for six wheelchairs. The bus transports children to and from Comprehensive Education (PACE) Charter School, where educational curricula is integrated with functional rehabilitation instruction. The bus is also used to transport
children to and from aquatic and hippotherapy sessions.
“Transportation is a key component in the lives of families who have children with disabilities,” said Nikki Dickens, Director of Stewardship and Advancement at Pattison’s Academy. “Specialized vehicles can be expensive; therefore, many families have to rely on others to help or pay for outside assistance. This new bus helps relieve that hassle. With the donations we are able to provide a much needed necessity to the families of the children at Pattison’s Academy, and we cannot say thank you enough.”
This summer, Pattison’s Academy will utilize the bus during its therapeutic summer camp. For four weeks in June and July, the program allows children from around the community or and in the Charleston Tri-county area the opportunity to take advantage of therapeutic activities, take multiple field trips, and work with physical, occupational and speech therapists.
About Palmetto Moon
Palmetto Moon is a regional specialty gift and South Carolina lifestyle apparel retail chain with corporate headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. Palmetto Moon prides itself on being a fun, energetic store that has a relentless focus on customer service. Its stores carry countless affordable gifts and a wide selection of brands including Guy Harvey, Tervis, Salt Life, Crocs, Costa, Columbia and more. Palmetto Moon has seven locations throughout South Carolina in Charleston, Florence, Myrtle Beach and Bluffton. Palmetto Moon has been voted “Best Collegiate Store” and “Best Gift Store” in Charleston two consecutive years in a row (Charleston City Paper 2011 & 2012).
For more information about the Palmetto Moon, visit www.palmettomoononline.com.