Students had the opportunity to take home their favorite books.
Our 7th Annual Book Festival took place at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery on Saturday November 16th. Over 130 people attended the event including FLOC students, volunteers, parents, and board members. This year we were able to celebrate our annual literacy event by distributing over 1,170 books to the 73 students who attended.
Marc Tyler Nobleman shared his anecdotes about how he became a writer.
One of the highlights of the event was the presentation by author Marc Tyler Nobleman. He explained his start into writing by winning a contest in elementary school and how his love for writing and comic books characters grew over the years into a prominent career. All students were able to walk home with a signed copy of one of his books such as Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. After Nobleman’s presentation, the students rotated through the different areas to meet and take pictures with Super Why from PBS; choose their books; and dress up like super heroes for our FLOC photo booth.
Our students were very excited to meet Super Why.
We are extremely grateful for getting to partner with PBS this year and to receive extra activities for our students. All students were able to leave with a reading chart which they can send back to PBS after they have read a certain number of books to receive a prize.
The Book Festival was made possible by many great sponsors this year. Over 400 books were donated through book drives held by Raffa, Sedgwick LLP, SIGAL Construction, and University of Maryland’s Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. We also received over 300 books from Books for America. We would like to thank First Book DC for a wide variety of new books as well as providing volunteers for the event. Special thanks to JBG Companies for sponsoring the event, especially our board member, Matt Blocher, for making it possible.
Finally, we would also like to thank all of our FLOC families and volunteers for coming out to the event. We hope you enjoyed getting to mingle with some of our staff as well as meet students that are also in the program. We hope to see you all next year!
(Catherine Brenner is an NTP Site Coordinator at FLOC).
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Each year, FLOC’s high school Scholars participate in the Scholars in the Workplace program. This project aims to provide our students with critical career exposure to help them identify possible areas of interest, meet successful professionals in a variety of career fields and give them the chance to experience different workplace environments. We’re currently working to round up a list of potential host sites for our students, and we hope you can help us.
Being a host site can include many different things, including taking the student(s) on an office tour or to a meeting with you, having them work on a sample project with you, having a conversation about your educational and career path with them, helping them with their resume and/or reviewing your resume with them. Students can come for half a day or a full day, depending on your schedule.
Sadiah, Meredith and Dominic at Maga Design.
If you or anyone you know (please feel free to share this info broadly if you think you know others who might be interested! It’s basically the easiest volunteer opportunity ever— you don’t even have to leave your office!) the next step is to fill out our initial interest survey so we can identify whether we have students who are interested in your field. This is an ongoing program, so we pair students with host sites throughout the school year and summer. So while we may not get back to you immediately, we will be in touch as soon as we have a student who would be a good fit for your workplace.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our College Access Coordinator Kim Davis (email@example.com) anytime.
Marc and Luis at BBC America studios.
As our 12th grade Scholars are finishing their last winter semester in high school, a team of dedicated coaches set out to make the college process less stressful for our students. During our Wednesday Night programming, Scholars are paired with a coach to walk through the challenging process of college applications and
We wish the best to our 12th-graders and their coaches and we will check with them again in the spring to see how they are navigating this transitional year together.
(Dominique Winfrey is the Post-Secondary Success Assistant at FLOC).
Posted in News, Scholars Program
Tagged 12th-grade, application process, coaches, college, DC, FLOC, For Love of Children, Scholars, scholarships, students
The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) welcomes our brand new AmeriCorps VISTA, Kate Nelson. Kate grew up on the South Side of Chicago and ventured here this past summer to work as a counselor/naturalist with our West Virginia and DC students. Kate received her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Western Illinois University in the spring of 2012 where she also worked at Horn Field Campus Challenge Course.
In the past, Kate worked at McDonough County Special Recreation Association as a Young Adult Summer Camp counselor where she was able to utilize her degree in therapeutic recreation. Kate’s favorite outdoor activities are sea kayaking, hiking, and playing Frisbee, and she hopes to spend tons of time on the rivers here in West Virginia.
Her favorite food is Honeycrisp apples and she describes herself as a positive, passionate, and adventurous person! Kate’s goal as an OEC VISTA is to “engage children in a fun and exciting setting while teaching lessons on health, the community and all sorts of great opportunities this world has to offer.”
(Sarah Nowicki is an AmeriCorps Vista at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center).
Posted in News, Outdoor Education Center
Tagged AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Chicago, children, counselor, Frisbee, fun, health, hiking, Horn Field Campus Challenge Course, naturalist, OEC, outdoor activities, Outdoor Education Center, sea kayaking, students, teaching, therapeutic recreation, West Virginia, Western Illinois University
For Jessica, being a tutor is nothing new, as she previously volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of her hometown in Kentucky. While there, Jessica read to the kids using materials that she borrowed from her mom, who was a reading teacher and always instilled in her the importance of education.
After learning about the District of Columbia’s low high school graduation rate, Jessica decided to look for programs in which she could give a hand to improve the situation. That is how she came across FLOC. “There are too many children in DC who don’t get the educational opportunities or support they deserve; FLOC has a good program for addressing this problem and I’d like to help contribute,” Jessica said.
Since Jessica started volunteering in the Saturday Afternoon Reading Program in early October, she has been helping Christina – a “very sweet and fun” girl who “works hard in the lessons and really likes to draw.” Every Saturday, Jessica tutors Christina for two hours to help improve her reading skills.
When asked to share a memorable experience she has had thus far while tutoring, Jessica said she felt very proud “when Christina passed the first test and said that it was easy.” For Jessica, having a curriculum to follow has been very helpful as it “gives more structure.” Jessica added that she is “really impressed with FLOC and the help they provide to the kids and I am glad to be a part of it.”
Another attribute that makes tutoring at FLOC a unique experience for Jessica is seeing how engaged FLOC parents are. After the tutoring session is done, Jessica occasionally talks with Christina’s parents about how the lesson went. Jessica really values chatting with Christina’s parents as she considers that the parent involvement plays an important role in determining a student’s success.
At FLOC we are very happy to have Jessica with us this school year. We thank all of the tutors that, like Jessica, invest their time and dedication to help us make a difference in the lives of our students.
(Lisvette García is the Bilingual Recruitment and Outreach Associate at FLOC).
Posted in News, Tutor Spotlight
Tagged Boys & Girls Club, DC, District of Columbia, education, FLOC, For Love of Children, learning, parent engagement, reading, reading skills, Saturday Reading Program, student, teacher, tutoring, volunteering
Students and their families enjoy the hayride at Butler’s Orchard.
(Photo by: Mike Stagnitta, Director of Marketing at The Meltzer Group)
Last month, we all took a trip to Butler’s Orchard, courtesy of The Meltzer Group. The trip was a lot of fun! Before we departed FLOC on our way to the pumpkin patch, the families were excited to spend time getting to know each other as they waited for the bus. They enjoyed having the opportunity to chat about their lives and their children outside of the formal events we have at FLOC. The students, on the other hand, used the time to play games like Monopoly, Connect 4, Life, and their version of an office environment.
The fact that they became so comfortable and friendly with one another before the trip helped when assigning folks to different groups. My main goal in forming groups of families was to ensure that every child and parent was accounted for before and during our trip. However, I did not realize that because they had spent so much time together before the trip, the groups helped families get to know each other on a more personal level.
(Photo by: Mike Stagnitta, Director of Marketing at The Meltzer Group)
Once we arrived, we were greeted by the very friendly staff of The Meltzer Group and Butler’s Orchard. They welcomed us with delicious hot dogs, apples, baked goods, beverages, and smiles! We also had an opportunity to make s’mores and warm up by the two fire pits that were closest to us. After eating, we took a fun hayride trip around the orchard, which ended up being creepier than we had anticipated.
The families and I were extremely grateful to have the opportunity to attend this event, and we look forward to attending it next year!
(Aurin Agramonte is the NTP Bilingual Program Coordinator at FLOC).
Posted in Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News, Staff Perspectives
Tagged Butler's Orchard, families, FLOC, For Love of Children, hayride, parents, pumpkin patch, students, The Meltzer Group, trip
Seventh-grade Scholars work together on a fun activity where they had to design an aluminum foil boat that will hold the most amount of pennies.
For Love of Children (FLOC) 7th grade Scholars curriculum focuses on teamwork, goal setting and preparing for the future. This past week our students worked on a team-building icebreaker. Given only a 6” by 6” piece of aluminum foil, the seventh-graders showed off their careful planning and goal setting skills by competing to construct a boat that would hold the largest amount of cents without sinking. While the winners triumphed with a whopping 45 pennies, all of the Scholars worked hard to strategically craft their boats with creativity and enthusiasm.
(Celestina Lee is a Scholars Program Instructor at FLOC).
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Tagged aluminum foil boat, build, craft, creativity, design, FLOC, goal setting skills, pennies, Scholars, seventh-graders, strategic planning, students, team building, teamwork