On June 19, several Storefront students were given the privilege of attending the Travelers Championship Golf Tournament. They were given access to the course, watched some of the tournament, and participated in the Sunway Fun Zone, an area with games and food. A favorite with our students was the rock climbing wall.
Thanks to Travelers Insurance for including our students in this event, and especially Jim Anderson for making sure our kids were so well taken care of.
On June 18, our Storefront students celebrated Step-Up Day. Students commemorated the accomplishment of a year of learning, and look forward to next school year in a new grade.
Also, we said goodbye to the Class of 2013! We are so proud of our Storefront graduates. We know they will go into high school confident and empowered. No matter where they go, they are always a part of the Storefront Community.
Our connection to Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP continues to deepen, thanks to Storefront trustee Christopher Moore. On Wednesday, June 12, three women from Rwanda who are part of Indego Africa visited the Storefront. The women, who are emerging community leaders, artisan and entrepreneurs, met with 5th, 6th 7th and 8th graders. They're visit was part of Indego Africa's Artisan Trip, which is intended to celebrate the powerful voices of women who have risen from the ashes of brutal genocide to drive forward a brighter future for themselves.
Grace Tsuni Uwase gave an overview about Indego Africa and their partnership with for-profit cooperatives in Rwanda. Emelienne Nyiramana and Joselyne Nibagwire shared their experiences with Storefront students. They shared stories of the frightening violence in Rwanda, how they survived and how they went on to build a life for themselves and their families. They were wonderful with our students, taking time to answer every question thoughtfully and engaging with each child.
The students made a board to thank the women, with statistics that they learned and each students' signature. The women were also given Storefront bags as gifts.
Indego management and the Rwandan women were very impressed with our school and especially our students. They thought that the students were very well prepared and asked great questions. The Rwandan women felt very welcomed and expressed that their visit to the Storefront was the highlight of their trip so far. Also, Indego management and Grace Tsui Uwase indicated that they do not want the connection with the Storefront to end. In particular, Grace would like to connect Storefront students with students in Rwanda.
Indego Africa (www.indegoafrica.org) is a non-profit social enterprise that creates jobs and sustainable livelihoods for female artisan entrepreneurs through market access and education. This wonderful organization is also supported by Orrick.
It was an honor to have these extraordinary women at our school. We look forward to our future connection with Indego Africa and the women of Rwanda.
The weatherman said rain, but Mother Nature gave us a beautiful Field Day. P.E. teacher Mr. Meyers, along with Assistant P.E. teacher Mr. Pope organized a wonderful day full of terrific games for our students. Special thanks to volunteers from Morgan Stanley who, along with Storefront faculty and staff, assisted to make the day run smoothly.
On Wednesday, June 5th, The Rosie's Theater Kids Program came to work with our 5th Graders. It was the first of several visits from the program, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. They will be making a few more visits before the end of the year, and we can look forward to seeing more of the Rosie's Theater Kids folks next year!
On Tuesday, June 4, students from the Comic Book Club had a fantastic time visiting DC Entertainment. The Director of Supply Chain Management & Logistics, Thomas DiMascio, led the students on a tour. They got to meet with DC Editor Harvey Richards, who conducted a presentation explaining how a comic book is produced. The students got to examine actual scripts, pencil art, inked pages and color samples. They then visited the DC archives where every comic book that DC has ever produced is stored, and got to actually hold rare and valuable comic books such as Action Comics #1 and Wonder Woman #1. Next, the students traveled to the department where MAD Magazine is produced. They were told about the origins of the magazine and given insight about the limitations of their rights to spoof individuals and institutions. Each student left with a goodie bag that included comic books, graphic novels and other comic-related merchandise. Thanks so much to DC Entertainment for hosting the Comic Book Club!
On Tuesday, May 28, our students from pre-K had an art show in our Common Room. Guest included students, faculty, administration and parents The student artists displayed self-portraits, and their creativity and artistic talents were impressive!
On Friday, May 17, Storefront students from Cluster 3 (grades 5, 6, 7, and 8) were guests of the Red Rooster as part of a public television taping. Friend of the Storefront and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster, invited our students to be part of the taping, where he shared with them the secrets to making one of his signature dishes, Helga's Meatballs. They then were treated to a fantastic meal (including the meatballs). All of this was filmed by WGBH, public television out of Boston.
The Storefront second graders studied the human body. They learned about skeletons and about all the inner organs. The drew, colored and labeled these paintings, and they are on display in the hallway of building 70. Way to go, second graders!