Kaheem Travis came to Community Women’s Education Project in September of this year with the goal of obtaining his GED. After only three months, Kaheem has passed all of his practice tests with flying colors and registered for the actual exam. Not only did he meet his education goals, but Kaheem also found a job at ARAMARK as a chef. We are very proud of his achievements and look forward to watching him flourish with his highly developed workforce skills.
CWEP’s ESL Class, led by Emily Eisenberg, had a Halloween party on October 27, 2010. The students had a pot-luck celebration, and practiced their English-speaking skills by engaging in a group discussion. The class talked about similar holiday games and found that many, like pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and hot potato, are the same across cultures.
Community Women’s Education Project’s Volunteer Coordinator, Beth Lazer, successfully led a clean up day on October 8th. In partnership with the New Kensington CDC and William Penn Charter’s 11th graders, we collected a few hundred pounds of garbage up and out of Kensington! It was messy and dirty, but worth the effort.
“It’s a shame that people from outside the community have to come in to clean!”
-Driver with NJ plates
Though it is inevitable that the trash will return, THAT trash will no longer be present. CWEP plans to make such cleanups more than once a year in order to help combat the growing pollution problem in the area.
On October 8th, CWEP in partnership with the New Kensington CDC and William Penn Charter School will be engaging in a massive clean up project of the streets surrounding CWEP. Kensington has undergone drastic changes over the last few centuries. In the 1840’s, Kensington was a manufacturing town, prosperous and economically sound. But as with most major cities in the 1950’s, “white flight” resulted in a loss of nearly a quarter of the population. CWEP, staff of the New Kensington CDC, and students from William Penn Charter School want to unearth some of the beauty that has been lost over the last half century. If you are interested in helping beautify one of the most neglected areas of the city, please give us a call at 215-426-2200 and ask for Beth Lazer, our Volunteer Coordinator. Refreshments will be served for all volunteers.
WHEN: October 8, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: 2801 Frankford Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19134
CWEP, through a grant from The Terri Lynne Lokoff Childcare Foundation’s Museums To Go Program, had a special guest last week. On September 15, 2010, Mlanjeni’s Magic performed for CWEP’s Kids. Our magician presented according to the theme “Schools Days and School Ways on Manners”, teaching the children various ways that they can be polite to themselves and others. Our magician engaged the children in the following activities:
- Story telling
- A Puppet Show
- Magic Show
- Lots of Audience Participation
- Balloon Animals
The children were each given a balloon animal to bring home with them. The Muugamano style story telling engaged the children in a fun and educational manner. Our magician had a funny and unique personality that had the children attentive for his entire visit.
On September 11th, Community Women’s Education Project hosted its 2010 community event, Building Communities. Residents from the Kensington area came to CWEP to learn about new Workforce Development Projects as the vast amounts of community resources available to them:
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Eagle One Community Federal Credit Union
Ladies Start Your Engines
Exit Reality, The Tristate Group
US Department of Education
West Chester EMT Representatives
Food was donated by Famous Italian Ices as well as the Pretzel Factory.
But the success of the event can be attributed most to CWEP’s dedicated volunteers, who had as much fun at the event as the guests. CWEP would like to thank everyone, especially our Americorps *VISTA volunteers from Play Works in Philadelphia, who created many of the activities for our Kids off of the tops of their heads.
On August 31st, Heather Goldsmith visited the John L. Kinsey Elementary School in North Philadelphia. There, Nicole Hines had organized a “Chat and Chew” for parents of enrolled students. The event was meant to encourage parents to take advantage of community resources in order to better their lives and the lives of their children. Vendors included: PECO, SEPTA Transit Police, Department of Education, CWEP, and many more. Parents eagerly took information about our GED and Workforce programs. Vendors were also introduced to the school’s new library, donated by Bethlehem Baptist Church.