Little Lights Urban Ministries

2012 Spring Newsletter

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2��� Little lights urban ministries��� SUMMER 2012 PUMP, PUMP IT UP MEG BUSTER, ELEMENTARY Program CoorDinator Our Elementary students worked very hard this semester at Reading and Math Heroes. We celebrated their attendance and accomplishments with a party at Pump It Up, thanks to Mike and Anbinh Oh. Mike and Anbinh recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary, and Mike���s aunt wanted to honor them by donating a party for Little Lights students! Twenty students qualified to go to Pump It Up by achieving almost perfect attendance. They had a great time playing basketball on an inflatable basketball court, sliding down the many slides, and racing staff and volunteers on the obstacle course. After a long time of playing we capped off the day with lots of delicious pizza and cake. The day was a great way to encourage students to keep working hard. Thank you Mike and Anbinh Oh! VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY There are days when each of us need to hear three very important words: ���You did great!��� It���s a small acknowledgement that the time and effort you invested in a project or person was worthwhile and valued. I think this can be particularly true when you work with youth and kids. In the excitement or struggles of the moment kids often forget to say ���Thank you.��� So it���s easy to feel like you have a thankless job. TIFFANY GIBSON, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR finished off the evening with a fun music presentation from Ms. Linda and two of our Little Lights Gospel Choir members, Niya Beagle and LaShawn Wood. So, volunteers, please know that on the tough days when your student is struggling to have a good attitude, or they can���t seem to grasp a new math concept, or you���re tired from a long day at work, your dedication and commitment is being noticed and appreciated. At Little Lights we serve about fifty students every week. Without you they would never receive the one-on-one attention they need to succeed. We value your time and are grateful for all you do. Together we are helping the next generation grow as individuals and students. We���re helping them catch a vision for what is possible when you work hard and follow through. Volunteers, thank you so much for being a part of the team and for making a difAt Little Lights, we want to make sure our volun- ference! teers hear ���You did great!��� frequently. The work and effort they invest in each of our students is priceless. As staff we often have the advantage of being able to see the bigger picture of how a student has grown in their studies and as a person, so we wanted to take an evening to share with our volunteer team just how much their dedication has meant to us and our students. On April 13th, staff and volunteers gathered in the Fellowship Hall of St. Mark���s Episcopal Church for an evening of food, fun, and sharing. Executive Director Steve Park and Associate Director Thomas Taylor, Matt Toigo, and Meg Buster had a great time at the VAP Linda Rice both shared how the volunteer team has impacted not only the students, but Little INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Lights as a whole. Each of our program coordinators presented special awards to volunteers Contact Tiffany Gibson at 202.548.4021 or who went above and beyond our expectations as they served our students and their families. We

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