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2010 Fall Newsletter

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LITTLE LIGHTS TIMES FALL '10. ACT JUSTLY. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. LETTER FROM STEVE 760 7th Street SE Washington, DC 20003 202. 548. 4021 www.littlelights.org CFC# 89156 POETRY & PROSE Check out page 6 for our "poetry & prose" section, highlighting the writing of Little Lights kids! IN THIS ISSUE LETTER FROM STEVE CCDA EMERGING LEADERS COHORT STEVE PARK EXCEL AWARD Drawing by Shadia (age 9), who takes part in Little Lights Homework Club. This fall, Little Lights is celebrating its 15th birthday. Starting as a small, all-volunteer tutoring program inside my parents' Tae Kwon Do studio, Little Lights has grown over the years to a strong local non-profit urban ministry with 11 full-time staff and over 80 weekly volunteers. Every day is a battle to teach kids about right and wrong, to not use violence or hostility to gain respect or advantage especially while they are at Little Lights. God has renewed our strength consistently so that we could have the longevity needed to truly make inroads into the community and establish a great foundaA writer once said, "As we try to tion for ministry. teach children about life, children teach us what life is about." That "AS WE TRY TO TEACH has been true of the work here at Little Lights. Almost all the staff CHILDREN ABOUT LIFE, and volunteers would probably say that the kids have taught us more CHILDREN TEACH US meaningful lessons than we have taught them. WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT." It is true that many of the children and youth we serve have suffered through tremendous financial hardship and have seen too much violence first-hand. And rest assured that Little Lights is as committed as the first day of its existence to helping to alleviate unnecessary suffering in children's lives. ANGELA SCHWINDT Please celebrate this birthday with us, our 15th! I want to invite you to join and partner with us so that the next 15 years and beyond will impact lives even more (exponentially more) that the past 15 years. Thanks for being part of the Little Lights community, bringing Christ's Yet, through the hardship, the chil- hope and compassion into the most dren and youth still have so much needed places in DC. love and life to give. Students still eagerly come after a long school day THANKS AGAIN to generously share their lives with Steve Park, Executive Director staff and volunteers. FALL ACADEMIC UPDATE BETH DEWHURST THE FAMILY CENTER MARY PARK BY THE NUMBERS At TYLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL , where the majority of our students attend, 13% of 3rd and 4th graders were proficient in reading, and 19% were proficient in math as of April 2010. At ELIOT HINE MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 7 and 8), 40% of students were proficient in reading, and 40% were proficient in math as of April 2010. IGNITE THE LIGHT BANQUET JOSIE ORTEGA VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT MIJIN PAIK NEW STAFF MEMBERS NEW BOARD MEMBERS DONOR SPOTLIGHT WRITING: POETRY & PROSE CALENDAR NOVEMBER 18 ALIVE CONFERENCE In the DC PUBLIC SCHOOLS last year, 44% of elementary students were proficient in reading; 43% were proficient in math. Likewise, 43% of secondary students were proficient in reading and in math. DECEMBER 04 INFORMATION FROM THE DC OFFICE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION. DECEMBER 20 - JANUARY 02 CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 15 LAST DAY OF FALL PROGRAMS DECEMBER 16 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION OFFICES CLOSED

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