About the project
The Ilanot (Trees) School serves children aged 3-18 who suffer from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other physical disabilities. The majority of the school’s 50-60 children are wheelchair-bound. The school is operated by Ilan. It is located in the Katamon Hey neighborhood. The school operates a regular school day and provides after school activities, including therapeutic programs run by the facility’s varied professional staff, including music, art, physical and occupational therapists. The Jerusalem Foundation supported a major renovation and expansion of the school in 1989, at which time it was rededicated as the Harry & Abe Sherman School. Since then, it has supported the purchase of equipment and two major physical improvement projects: creation of the Jacqueline Samuel Sports Center, a gymnasium and therapeutic swimming pool built next to the school in 1992, and construction of an addition that includes a simulated apartment, computer room, staff room and extra therapy rooms in 2000. The Foundation also has supported activities at the school, including the Ilan Jerusalem Afternoon Club, an after school program that offers hot meals, a pet corner, music, gymnastics, drama and cooking.