Author Archives: Naomi LeBlanc

Meet Naomi


Naomi, who recently graduated from the Doctor Franklin Perkins School (DFPS), came to us initially because she was out of options. After attending many other schools and experiencing bullying and isolation, she began refusing to attend school to avoid hurt and anxiety. Her guidance counselors and father knew they needed a special place for her as her isolation and detachment grew.

Supported by her clinician at Perkins, Naomi worked hard and ultimately empowered herself through her own unique therapeutic treatment plan. Through her school counseling sessions, Naomi learned to communicate with a trusted adult and how to solve her own problems.

Inspired by her own journey, Naomi started a club that spreads positivity in a meaningful, lasting way – The Perkins Kindness Club. She used her leadership in Perkins’ Kindness Club to galvanize other students to spread kindness across campus and beyond. When feelings of insecurity and self-doubt flared, she developed the ability to change her response and communicate her concerns and worries instead of shutting down and falling off track.

Today, Naomi is a first-year marketing major in college, earning high marks, becoming involved in Jewish celebrations to help her overcome years of religious bullying, and working on launching a Kindness Club on her college campus. Perkins is here for people like Naomi, in helping them to overcome mental health, developmental disabilities, or learning challenges.

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Perkins Welcomes 10 New Trustees and Bids Farewell to Two

Since September of this year, Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) has appointed 10 new Trustees through their affiliation agreement with Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and their Annual Meeting on Friday, November 20, 2020. As part of the affiliation agreement with RFK Children’s Action Corps that took effect September 1st, eight Trustees from theContinue Reading

Building the Future Together

Exciting news! We’re growing. As we begin to build for the future, we’ve created a three-phase plan that will maintain the character of our current campus, while building towards the needs of our current and future students and adults. The full project will modernize, enhance, and connect our campus to best serve people today, tomorrow,Continue Reading

Celebrating 125 Years

Dear Friends, This is a special year for Perkins. As we celebrate 125 years of service and build towards a bright future, we continue to be humbled by the importance of our history. Perkins was founded to educate and raise children with developmental disabilities at a time when society refused to fully include them. AsContinue Reading

Leominster Credit Union Donates 20 Computers to Perkins

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 6, 2020 LEOMINSTER CREDIT UNION DONATES 20 COMPUTERS TO PERKINS Donation by Local Credit Union Helps School in the Midst of Ongoing Pandemic  Lancaster, MA – Local credit union, Leominster Credit Union, has donated 20 computers to The Dr. Franklin Perkins School (Perkins) in Lancaster, MA in the midst of theContinue Reading

Perkins Child Development Center Offering F-T and P-T Enrollment

The Perkins Child Development Center is currently offering full-time or part-time enrollment for specific ages. Feel free to contact Patricia Sinclair, CDC Program Director, to schedule a virtual tour or with any questions. Contact Patricia Sinclair Program Director psinclair@perkinschool.org.

Perkins and RFK Children’s Action Corps Announce Affiliation

Perkins and RFK Children’s Action Corps Announce Affiliation, Prepare for Full Merger LANCASTER, Mass., September 8, 2020— Two of Massachusetts’ leading independent, non-profit human services agencies, The Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Perkins), and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps (RFK Children’s Action Corps), have announced their affiliation. RFK Children’s Action Corps will become an affiliateContinue Reading

DFPS Fall Plan

Dear Perkins Families, It is a pleasure to inform you that beginning September 2, 2020, the Doctor Franklin Perkins School will move to full-time, in-person learning for all students. Day students who have been attending two days a week will transition to five days a week on-site educational programming. Residential students will continue with their current five daysContinue Reading

Team Perkins is participating in the Flutie 5K Epic Adventure!

Perkins is excited to be participating in Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K to raise money to help the people and families who are affected by autism live life to the fullest! Perkins works with many students and adults just like Dougie who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Perkins’ individualized care,Continue Reading

Re: Our Commitment to Promoting Inclusivity and Fighting Racism

To the Perkins Community, Last week, with the support of both staff and residents, we were proud to put up Black Lives Matter signs across our campus. The signs speak to our commitment to racial equity and to being part of the solution and conversation to address racism and discrimination that results in disproportionately negative outcomes for BlackContinue Reading