Little Lights Urban Ministries

2008 Winter Newsletter

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Little Lights Update To fully accept the acceptance of God and to spread love to those perishing without it. Volume 8, Issue 1 2007 highlights Winter 2008 Young TV Journalists Win Contest In 2007 , 80 students were registered for after-school programs, and 110 were registered for Camp Heaven. Little Lights added 5 new full-time staff members and 3 new board members. In the fall, Little Lights News Network was launched as part of the older students' reading program. Below are some snapshots from this past fall. Hours of hard work paid off for three students who won top honors for producing their first television news packages for the Little Lights News Network. The Little Lights Choir performs at a live nativity scene in Lincoln Park on December 8. The choir is comprised of 23 members, including 5 boys who sing and/or play drums. In 2007, they also performed at Potomac Gardens' Community Day and the 1st Annual Little LIghts Talent Show. Erica Johnson, 12, took the first prize of $100 for her news story on the Little Lights choir. Johnson's package featured an excerpt from her interview with Choir Coordinator Andrew Miller. In October, a group from Christian Fellowship Church treated 40 Little Lights' students to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. Pictured at right, James Guerrero, Isaiha Johnson, and Se'Quan Thomas, enjoy front row seats for the dolphin show. Queshawn Wheeler and Monae Williams rub Testudo's nose at a University of Maryland Women's Basketball Game. Ten Little Lights' participants attended the December 7th game. Leslie Rowe, left, and Samaya Reddix relax at the volunteer Christmas party. Leslie and Samaya are two of eight teen interns who worked with the younger kids' programs in 2007. Elijah Snowden and Kati Leone prepare sandwiches for Warm Hearts. Elijah described the event as "a group of kids and counselors who get together to feed and clothe the homeless." The Youth Group spent the evening of December 7 discussing homelessness with youth leaders and preparing sandwiches and clothes for distributing the next day. While passing out the food and clothes, youth also spent time talking and praying with the people they met. Reflecting on the event, Elijah told Little Lights staff, "Man, I could do this for the rest of my life." Laura Ingalls presents Erica Johnson with her certificate of achievement and her first prize award for her news package on the Little Lights choir. Second place went to Terrell Davis,11, for his story on Camp Heaven, and Tamesha Vines, 11, for her story on the choir's Christmas performances. Davis and Vines won disposable video cameras for their work. Four other LNN students successfully completed news packages during the semester-long class: Travon Avent, Elias Snowden, Se'Quan Thomas and Isaiah Williams. The prizes were announced December 18, following a class trip to the television studios of Voice of America. During the trip, Little Lights students toured the newsroom, watched an Indonesian-language radio broadcast from the control room and visited the English to Africa and Chinese language services. Little Lights volunteer Susy Tekunan, a producer at VOA, organized the trip. christmas party On December 15, one hundred thirteen kids and 30 moms attended the annual Christmas party at Chinese Bible Church in Rockville, MD. The Allreceives Starz (a performance team Shadia James Party. her gift at the Christmas led by Little Lights' student, Khaulysha Brown), the Little Lights Choir, Dwaine Brown (a Little Lights' alum), and rapper MC Till all performed. A huge thank you to all of the almost 100 volunteers who helped with this event and especially to Casey Czerw, Erica Swisher, Anne Choi, Debby Fung, and Patti Look.

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