Volunteers from our friends at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP recently completed a cleanup and planting project in the garden behind building 70. They planted annuals and perennials, did some tree trimming and plant pruning, cleared off stone pathways, removed old and spread out new mulch, seeded the lawn, dispersed fertilizers and watered the garden. The task took approximately five hours of coordinating and shopping and seven hours to complete the cleanup and planting.
Organizer for the cleanup was Trustee Christopher Moore. Along side him was former board member John MacKerron, his daughter Jane, Neil Wolk, Clotilde Melendez and her sister Bruny with her two twin sons Miguel and Ricardo Rivera. We are so grateful to them for giving up their time and sweat to make our garden beautiful.
Storefront students are learning about the exciting technology of Robotics. Nine students from grades 4 though 8 are spending their Saturday mornings working on programming robotic cars in a course taught by Oscar Uribe, an 11th grader at Dwight Englewood School. Also helping Uribe is Arsalaan Ansari, who's a 9th grader at Bronx Science, with support from Lisbeth Uribe, Science Teacher from The School at Columbia and Dr. Amy Eguchi, Professor of Education at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. The goal of the course is to give every student an experience dealing with problems and thinking of different ways to tackle them.
"This is meant to be more than an introduction to the world of robotics and engineering, it serves as an exercise in critical thinking," Oscar said.
The students have been mastering motors and commanding the robots to drive around. The students are excited about their work with the robotics, and look up to their mentors.
"I hope that the kids have fun," Oscar said, "and maybe even think about pursuing engineering for themselves in the future."
Last Friday the Excellent Explorers of the 3rd Grade visited the site of the historic Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. They've been studying the Harlem Renaissance, and the students walked to the site (now a park) and read the plaque in front of the site which tells all about the Savoy. In honor of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald's birthday, the students also danced the Lindy Hop while singing to Ella's "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive."
Friend of the Storefront and former NBA player Jerome Williams visited with our 8th Graders on Tuesday, April 31. He spoke to them on how "A Winner Never Gets There Without A Coach," discussing for over an hour about people in the students' lives who influence and/or inspire them. When the students told him about parents, teachers, friends and family members, Mr. Williams described them as coaches: people who inspire, advise and set a positive example. Students who shared received a prize of a towel, headband or pair of glasses provided by the New York Knicks Organization. This was Mr. Williams' second visit to the Storefront this year, and we thank him for generously setting time aside to inspire our students.
The Children's Storefront held its Annual Spring Gala, "A Night for Changing Lives," on April 23, 2013 at the IAC Building in Chelsea. The evening honored Past Board President Christine LaSala and Past Board Chair Michael Stubbs for their years of leadership, dedication, hard work and support of our school. The event was co-chaired by Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, Lise and Michael Evans, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Sandra and Eric Rupert and Marcus Samuels. ABC reporter Kimberly Richardson was emcee for the benefit, which included dinner, dancing and a live auction with Christie's auctioneer Lydia Feet. A highlight of the evening was a performance by the Storefront Choir. Students were also on hand during the cocktail hour to speak to guests about programs at the school. The evening raised over a million dollars to benefit the school.
As part of Career Week, boys in the Men's Mentoring program had a unique experience. The seventh and eighth graders, along with Assistant Head of School Michael Williams, visited L'Apicio, a restaurant located at 13 East First Street. The students had a two hour glimpse into how an upscale restaurant operates. The afternoon included a walk through of the kitchen to promote understanding of food preparation, descriptions of different jobs at the restaurant and a brief service demonstration of table etiquette. Finally, the boys enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the kitchen. Thanks to everyone at L'Apicio for a terrific afternoon!
"The Mother's heart is the child's classroom." - Henry Ward Beecher
Mother's Day is just around the corner, May 12, 2013. This year, as your gift to the special person in your life, make a donation to The Children's Storefront. We will email this virtual greeting card with artwork created by a Storefront student. It's a gift that is both thoughtful and impactful. Any mother can see the heart in that.
To make a gift of a donation, click Donate Now and select "Mother's Day." Please include the recipient's name in the "Dedication" box, and the email address in the "Number of Guests" box. Or if you'd rather, you can make a check out to The Children's Storefront and send it, along with the recipient's information, to The Children's Storefront Development Office, 70 E. 129th Street, New York NY 10035.
The virtual cards will be emailed the week of May 6th. Please have your Mother's Day requests in by April 30th, 2013. For additional information, contact Charles Sanchez at email@example.com, or call 212.427.7900, ext. 228.
As part of our Men's Mentoring program, our 8th grade boys along with two boys from 7th grade were given their first knitting lesson. After hearing of the Women's Mentoring group learning how to knit earlier this year, the boys asked mentor Connie MacDougal if she could teach them to knit as well. Ms. MacDougal, along with faculty member and mentor Penny Owen and Trustee and mentor Lauren Marrus taught the class, and the plan is to have several more. Maybe we can look forward to some hand knit items from the boys for next winter.
The 4th grade was visited by Chase Relationship Banker Gimeno Simmons. Mr. Simmons taught our students about budgeting and planning. They enjoyed discussions about expenses, wants verses needs, and saving. Thanks to Assistant 4th Grade Teacher Mr. Isaac for the terrific photos.
Today our kindergarten opened their post office. They wrote letters to each other and members of the staff, purchased 'stamps' and put the letters in the mailbox. One of the students served as mail delivery person and delivered all the letters. Ms. Schmidt said that the post office will be open every afternoon.