At the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center, we know that the West Jupiter community doesn’t stop at our front door. To better help our students, we need to be a resource to the whole neighborhood.
We reinforce character development lessons and model good citizenship through our community-centered programs.

Seniors Program

For more than 20 years, the Tutorial Center has offered services to seniors in the West Jupiter area. With enrichment activities ranging from health and nutrition education to holiday celebrations, the Center is ensuring that our elders continue to remain connected with our community. Seniors regularly interact with the students at events, strengthening the intergenerational bonds that make West Jupiter a better place to live.

Thanksgiving Meals

Each year, the center has distributed free Thanksgiving dinner baskets — complete with turkey, vegetables, bread, potatoes, and pie — to our Limestone Creek neighbors. This annual event is successful thanks to our generous donors and volunteers. Join us in making sure that everyone has a Thanksgiving meal to share with their loved ones.

Simon's Giving Garden

Simon's Giving Garden and Edna's Nature Walk are resources for our community!  Thanks to a great from Impact the Palm Beaches, the Mary McArtor Reynold Giving Fund, and the family and friends of Simon Baker, the giving garden has provided food and support for families all over the Jupiter area.  To order a brick or learn more, please visit our Simon's Giving Garden page.

T3: Touch & Teach The Trades

IThanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Martin and Palm Beach Counties, 1n 2022, the center successfully launched a beta test for the “T3 Program - “Teach, Touch, the Trades.” This expansion of our STEAM curriculum broadened the student's future career options by directly exposing them equally to professional opportunities and to service, tech, and trade careers at a young age.
Modules included Culinary, Electronics, Fashion Design & Sewing, Design & Drafting, Auto, Carpentry, and Home Renovation. Each module included a team hands-on project, experience trips with area businesses, and an expert guest who taught a 6-class lesson plan. Trade programming is a critical need in the United States, with Sixty-eight percent of companies reporting difficulty hiring skilled workers and more than one-third reporting they are extremely understaffed.
Survey results from both students and corporate partners exceeded goals. Exposure to opportunities and hands-on learning projects from partners like Florida Atlantic University, Lockheed Martin, and area businesses has proven to increase grade point averages and self-esteem. These are key indicators to improve life outcomes.
If you have an area business you might like to share with the children please reach out to our program team to see how you can get engaged in our community.
“This is the best place in town. This may be the best place I’ve ever seen. They do good work here.”
- David Benjamin, Vice President, Jupiter Children’s Foundation