At New Community for Children, our staff and students are winding down a great school year, and gearing up for an amazing summer! New Community's theme for the summer program is "NCID: New Community Investigation & Discovery". Over the summer, students will be engaged in activities that support the process of learning. This summer's theme is designed to encourage students to ask questions and make connections as we get students moving and going towards their successes in the upcoming school year.
In addition to the academic component, students will engage in programming such as karate and yoga, which supports our goal of keeping our students active physically and academically over the summer. We have extended our programming to 7 weeks, to ensure that our kids are fully prepared for the new school year.
Over the past few months, New Community has made some awesome upgrades to our program space. We would love to have you stop by and see just what we've done to the place! For more information, please visit our website www.ncfc-dc.org.
Thank you so much for your continued support of New Community for Children!
On February 27, 2012, New Community for Children received a visit from some very special guests! Edgar Jones of the Baltimore Ravens, Josh Portis of the Seattle Seahawks and Vic Jagger of the Russ Parr Morning Show came to NCFC to read with students, as well as discuss the importance of a great education and making good choices.
Our boys were especially excited because they have formed their own football team, the New Community Razorbacks. They asked a lot of questions, and found out what it takes to be a great football player. The professionals shared their experiences trying to make it to the NFL, and encouraged our boys to complete their education before jumping into football so that they could be successful outside of football.
Vic Jagger imparted the importance of believing in yourself to our students by sharing her story. She encouraged our kids to always pursue their passions and never give up on their goals, even when people tell you that you won't succeed. She told them that they could do anything that they put their mind to.
One of the best lessons that our kids learned that day came from Edgar Jones. He shared a great piece of advice that he received from his mentor. He told the kids that "being great is a lonely place." He encouraged them to always do the right thing, even when the people around them choose not to.
New Community for Children would like to thank Vann D. Ashe of Ashe Entertainment Group for making this wonderful event possible. It was a day our students won't soon forget!
As 2011 comes to a close, we wanted to take the time to wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. We have experienced many successes and joys providing kids in Shaw DC with highly engaging academic and social enrichment programs after school and summer this past year. Let me share just one of these with you!
Jahi is the oldest of three kids living with their mother in Shaw. Jahi struggled at times in elementary school. He enrolled at New Community for Children in the 7th grade, pulled himself up to do well enough to earn acceptance to one of Washington DC's public exam schools - School Without Walls. Jahi is now in his sophomore year of high school and his prospects are looking great! He traveled to China over the summer for a school trip and writes, records, and performs hip hop music in the area. New Community for Children has been able to help with Jahi's goals and improve his academics, specifically in math where he struggled for years. With the help of his NCFC tutor last year, Jahi increased his grade in Geometry from a D to a B by the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
It is the support of donors like you that makes our work possible. Your generous donations throughout the year have allowed us to continue the mission and the work of New Community for Children! On behalf of our staff, board of directors and the families that we serve, thank you!
The new school year is in full swing at New Community for Children, and our students are very happy to be back! They are excited to be engaged in academically and socially enriching activities designed to reinforce and bolster what they are learning during the school day.
In keeping with New Community for Children's commitment to literacy, our Pre-K and Kindergarten students participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign on October 6, 2011. The students read Llama Llama Red Pajama and even designed their own sets of llama ears! A fun and academically stimulating time was had by all!
It is supporters like you that allow us to continue to provide the quality programming that our students need. On behalf of the Board of Directors, NCFC staff, and the many families we serve, THANK YOU!
So far, it has been a great summer at the 2011 New Community for Children Summer Program! Our students are totally immersed in academically and socially enriching activities designed to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Our students have also been on a number of field trips to support what they are learning in the classroom. Last week, our elementary students visited the Spark! Lab at the National Museum of American History. This trip allowed the students to begin utilizing and comprehending the scientific method.
Our Middle School students are spending the summer preparing for college! They are going on tours of local colleges. So far, they have visited Howard University and University of Maryland College Park, with more tours scheduled throughout the summer.
In keeping with this this summer's theme of "Get Moving, Get Going," all of our students have been hard at work in the New Community for Children garden. They are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and a variety of herbs. They have used their harvest in cooking classes designed to teach them about healthy eating habits. Some of their delicious creations are salads, veggie pizza and a pasta salad with fresh vegetables!
Thank you for your continuing support of New Community for Children!
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