Friday, March 27, 2009
The kids also had the opportunity to meet Ms. Laila Ali (daughter of Mohammad Ali) and be coached by Tab Ramos the Olympic Soccer Champion.
They also enjoyed personally meeting Jared Fogle the Subway spokesman. The celebrities creatively encouraged the students to be physically active and eat healthy food even in their young age.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
..but, eventually everyone got the hang of skating and ended up having a great time.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Last night, a handful of lucky AALEAD students got to enjoy a night at the Ringling Brothers Circus. None of the students from Maryland had ever been inside the Verizon Center, let alone had a chance to see a circus full of tigers and fireworks, so it was a night of firsts for everyone...
Everything, from the trip on the metro ride, to the clowns piling on their bicycles, elicited laughs from the younger members of our group and everyone took care of one another and had an enjoyable evening...well worth missing bed time by a few minutes.
A special thank you to Easter Seals for helping us secure tickets to the event. You can be sure that AALEAD kids put them to good use!
On March 6th, 30 AALEAD youth met at our Community Center in Columbia Heights for some quality bonding and fun time! The Lock In was a success - with games, movies, and food planned for the whole night.
Youth had this to say about their experiences:
Eduardo -"I enjoyed the lock-in a lot because we had a chance to meet and get to know people better. We did stuff like ice breakers where we introduced ourselves and said something about ourselves. We also watched movies and played taps. Late at night we played a game where we had to be honest and answer some questions. In the morning we cooked breakfast and then left - which was the worst part (besides no sleep!)"
Jimmy - "The lock-in was fun and exciting. It was a way for us to bond and get a long. Hanging - talking about problems - so we can help on another. My favorite part of the lock in was our Guys Time. The worst part was leaving for home."
Thanks to all the staff that spent the night - Don Kim and Jonathan Henry! and of course the staff and volunteers that supported us at various times in the night - Kelly, Miori, Yamir, and Kendra!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
All of the AALEAD students gave up three very valuable hours of their spring time Saturday to come work hard to help others. We'd like to thank everyone that came out to help and we definitely appreciate the fact that all these kids decided to come help out on the weekend.
A couple snacks and then everyone was off with their cards for an hour of unlimited play in the arcade. Everyone had a great time, including a lot of races that came down to the wire. All-in-all it was a good evening and a great chance for AALEAD from DC and Maryland to get to know each other and the students from Einstein. Students will be talking about Dave and Busters for awhile, not to mention how long they'll be talking about how badly Jonathan beat Don at Madden '08 (Go Steelers!)
One of our mentors, Julie Chao has been teaching her mentee, Rongjing how to bake. They have been spending some of their outing time learning the skills of baking. Rongjing had never used an oven before meeting Julie and now she has started to master her skill. Take a look at the beautiful and tasty looking cake Rongjing baked for her mother on her birthday. I do not know about you, but I certainly would like a slice of that delicious cake!! Bravo Rongjing!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
FSP began to hold monthly parent group meeting at CCBA (Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, 510 I St. NW, Washington DC) since February 2009. Communty Partners will be invited as guest speakers. Our upcoming parent group meeting has been scheduled for 3/17/09, from 3:30 till 5:30 p.m., and the guest speakers are from the Asian Pacific American Legal Resources Center and Housing Counseling Services, Inc. In addition to presentations by the guest speakers, FSP program manager, Sue Chen, will provide handouts and facilitate discussions on parenting issues. The topic of discussion with the parents will be "how to mangage anger effectively to avoid lashing out at your children" for the 3/17/09 meeting. Please contact Sue Chen at 202-884-0322 ext. 110 if you're interested in joining FSP's monthly parent group meetings.
After enjoying a dance performance ranging from hip hop, modern dance, and more... students were invited back stage to meet some of the performers! It was an inspiring event, especially since the four high school students are hip hop dancers themselves. They not only had a chance to learn some new moves, but were able to see different opportunities that lie ahead in the world of performing arts!
Monday, March 09, 2009
The cold winter did not hinder our students to show their love to their neighbor. They started their indoor gardening in partnership with the City Blossoms, an organization that helps students creatively use their skills to grow a functioning garden. We started an indoor gardening project through which the students learned in a creative and enjoyable way the basics of gardening. The students also learned responsibility by having assigned students to water and monitor their plants.
Our Thomson students celebrated Valentine’s Day last February 13 by preparing Valentine cards, candies, and plenty of hugs to the elderly people of Asbury Methodist Church. The senior citizens and children also mutually enjoyed the opportunity to play board games.
By honoring the parents…
The Bancroft students honored their parents by giving lovely picture frames with their own pictures and love messages and designs.