Project SEARCH Bucks Holds Second Annual Banquet to Honor Supporters and Participants

On Tuesday May 30th, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) host­ed a ban­quet to hon­or the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the sec­ond year of Project SEARCH Bucks (County). This intern­ship pro­gram is for young adults with intel­lec­tu­al and devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties pro­vid­ing them employ­ment expe­ri­ences through a total immer­sion in the work­place. For the sec­ond year, the County of Bucks Administrative Offices and Justice Center have been the host busi­ness loca­tion for the pro­gram with their many divi­sions and offices pro­vid­ing the stu­dents a wide vari­ety of work expe­ri­ences from tech­nol­o­gy ser­vices to cler­i­cal to build­ing maintenance.

Dr. Mark Hoffman, Executive Director of the Bucks IU, expressed appre­ci­a­tion to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives in atten­dance from Bucks County Government, stat­ing, “This part­ner­ship between the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and the County of Bucks has result­ed in suc­cess for interns from across Bucks County. Project SEARCH rep­re­sents the pow­er that comes from work­ing togeth­er. Our interns have ben­e­fit­ed from these expe­ri­ences, and I know that our part­ners from the County have ben­e­fit­ed as well. This is a part­ner­ship that should be repli­cat­ed statewide.”

Additional sup­ports and guid­ance for Project SEARCH Bucks are pro­vid­ed by the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Programs and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

The ban­quet, held at The Bucks Club in Jamison Pennsylvania, includ­ed speech­es by Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and the Director of Developmental Services for OVR, Kathleen Brown. Jack Bancroft pre­sent­ed a speech on his per­son­al stu­dent intern expe­ri­ence with Project SEARCH Bucks. Other stu­dent interns end­ed the evening with their per­son­al thanks to their men­tors from the var­i­ous offices in which they were able to have work experiences.

The 2022–2023 Project SEARCH Student Interns:

  • Jack Bancroft – Central Bucks School District
  • Adam Bean – Quakertown Community School District
  • William Blaikie – Central Bucks School District
  • Justin Harris – Pennridge School District
  • Miles Manchester – Palisades School District
  • Vadim Prater – Lower Moreland Township School District (not pictured)
  • Jacob Rosenberg – New Hope-Solebury School District
  • Michael Twiname – North Penn School District
  • Alex Wood – Central Bucks School District

Project SEARCH Bucks was hon­ored to have sev­er­al County of Bucks elect­ed offi­cials in atten­dance, all of who’s depart­ments or offices sup­port­ed the interns this past year. Thanks go out to Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW; Commissioner Robert J. Harvie Jr.; Linda Bobrin, Register of Wills; Coleen Christian, Prothonotary; Margaret McKevitt, Acting Chief Operating Officer; and Dan McPhillips, Recorder of Deeds.

The Bucks IU Board of School Directors also showed their sup­port of the stu­dents and pro­gram. Dr. Mark Hoffman, Executive Director was joined by John D’Angelo, Board President, and Board Members Megan Banis-Clemens, Debra Cannon, and Shelley Eilenberg.

Details on Project SEARCH Bucks can be found at Additional ques­tions may be direct­ed to Lorie McCrory, Bucks IU Manager Post-Secondary and Adult Programs and Services, at