SCASD LifeLink Fund

Encouraging State College students who are mentally handicapped to live independently

Story of Fund

Fund james and barbara palmer portrait by jerome witkin

Jim and Barbara Palmer of State College and the JPI Partnership of Dallas, Texas began this fund because they believed in the importance of encouraging students who are mentally handicapped to live independently. Since Jim’s passing in 2001, Barbara has continued their generous philanthropic legacy. A founding member of the Hemlock Council (Central Pennsylvania) of the Girl Scouts, she was also a founding supporter of the Park Forest Day Nursery for low-income children. She is a generous supporter of Penn State as well as many local charities.

How Does it Help?

Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.

This fund supports the LifeLink Program in the State College Area School District in assisting mentally handicapped children and young adults to obtain an appropriate education and the life skills needed to successfully transition to a lifestyle of independence and self-sufficiency.  Designed by the Wild Dream Team – a group of high school students with mental challenges, this program helps students learn the skills to transition into the world as productive citizens.  Through this program, the students and their families have time to adjust to the realities of independent living while still having the support of the school system and family units. LifeLink also provides everyone with an opportunity to discover what his/her individual needs are while participating in and benefiting from an educational environment.  And, it allows students the time and ability to explore life while minimizing their risks. 

The mission of the SCASD is to prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education. The district draws its students from a 150 square mile attendance area encompassing the Borough of State College and the surrounding townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton, totaling an enrollment of approximately 6,900.


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State College Area School District

Fund Size
Education & Lifelong Learning