John Martinez's 3rd and 7th grade students have pledged to drink more water!
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The recent Barnard Parent University was a SUCCESS!
Marjorie Drucker (the Outreach Coordinator) and I have been preparing for Barnard's first Parent University for over a month now.
We have spent hours brainstorming the most effective ways to get the parents' attention and interest in something new and untried.
A sunny fall day warmed the many faces of the Newhallville community at the Ivy Street Community Garden groundbreaking last Wednesday, October 16th. For a community that has a history of high rates of violence and crime, it was wonderful to see the many different individuals and community partners that are invested in making this a better area for the children growing up in it--the children right across the street at the Lincoln-Bassett Community School.
My first weeks at Hill Regional Career High School have been both very busy and highly enjoyable.
My Boost! Coordinator is an absolute pleasure to work with, and she offers the kind of guidance and direction that I need to grow and succeed. She provides me with feedback, she is sensitive to my needs, and she supports my self-growth in the different projects we tackle together.
When I arrived at High School in the Community yesterday I had no idea what to make of the schedule.
Written on the white board of my Boost! Coordinator's classroom was a modified schedule. One period, from 10:40-11:00 was labeled as “2 x around the block." Confused, I asked and discovered a wonderful all-school activity which promotes fitness, provides a break and builds community.
Lincoln-Bassett students were surprised today with a visit from a Harlem Wizards player, thanks to our friends at Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Program, a Boost! community partner. Students were welcomed into the gym by Mr. Rashaan "Rocket" Barner, ready to show off his trick skills.
Lottie is a family child care provider who opened her own child care business, Krayola Park, this spring after attending All Our Kin’s business series. Now, Lottie cares for infants and toddlers as a participant in All Our Kin’s Early Head Start for Family Child Care program and also takes part in All Our Kin’s Garden Project. Lottie recently sat down in her cheerful child care space to talk about All Our Kin’s impact on her career as an early childhood educator.
Today I was welcomed into King-Robinson school's Sunshine Club! It's a club the staff members formed to celebrate and support each other throughout the year. Each month they have a breakfast and collect donations for some type of fundraiser. Today I went around the school and assisted with collecting donations for College Day at the school. The club also pulls together money to celebrate birthdays and support each other if there is a death in the family, or any other tragic event; overall, it's a pretty neat club.
After weeks of training and orientation, the day is finally here! All 16 Boost! Service Corps Members are at thier respective school sites today.