This past Monday, we hosted an event at Southwark to honor the support of the Garces Foundation, which is a major source of funding for the Puentes education program. The Iron Chef himself, Jose Garces, as well as his wife Beatriz and the mayor’s wife, Lisa Nutter were all in attendance. Catering was provided by Tequila’s restaurant, as well as the families we work with! In fact, everyone thought that the homemade mole tacos were catered. I was so happy to see even our first graders eating shrimp ceviche! I spent most of the time behind the scenes, shepherding kids in and out of the ceremony.
One of the most exciting things was that reporters from Al Dia, Philly’s Spanish language newspaper, ABC 6, and the South Philly Review were all present. We are so excited that Puentes has been in the press recently!
You can read the article in the South Philly Review here (with a few quotes from yours truly.) I am so excited that the reporter included an essay written by one of our sixth graders.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has been a long-time supporter of Witnesses to Hunger, a project of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities through which low-income women educate the public and policymakers about hunger and poverty. This year, the Senator invited Witness Tianna Gaines-Turner to the State of the Union Address as his guest.
In preparation for Tuesday, Senator Casey held a press conference on Monday at 30th Street Station, where he and Tianna each spoke about changes the country needs to make in order to address poverty in our country.
See Tianna in a clip from Monday here: http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=ad1a2b23-96ac-46a0-8a91-4a182b17794a
The Passyunk Post just published this article about the MLK day clean-up at Southwark School! Mike, Philly fellow Annie, and I were all there painting the auditorium as mentioned in the article. I’m still finding yellow paint on my clothes, but it was a fun way to spend the Monday off!
Here’s the article: http://www.passyunkpost.com/2014/01/30/school-talk-southwark-elementary-working-to-reboot-library/
This past weekend, with the support of the CPGC, I was able to attend the American Library Association Midwinter Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference afforded a chance for the Association’s impressive membership to convene and discuss myriad topics relating to the library industry.
For my Haverford House project, I’ve been learning about and taking part in different digital literacy education outreaches in the city. A major topic at the talks was how libraries can most effectively continue in their role as information providers, especially against the backdrop of ever-changing technology. This was a great opportunity for me to gather a better context for how digital literacy education initiatives are supported by libraries and other partners in the public sector.
The Digital Library Project of America is an incredible (and relatively new) effort to source American visual artifacts and present them in hyper-regional groupings.
Much to our excitement at Puentes, this article about Puentes was on the front page of the New York Times this morning. I feel so lucky to work with such visionary, dedicated people.
On Tuesdays, Miguel’s radio 1680 AM goes live from 11 am to 12 pm. This local radio show is in Spanish for Spanish-speaking residents in NJ & PA areas. It covers a variety of topics on health.
This week, my co-worker Lindsay Carlson, Certified Application Counselor and I were invited as guests to speak on the radio about Project HOPE and upcoming National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.
It was my first time being on a radio so I was very excited to go on live. I had so much fun with the radio hosts Miguel and Margarita. They invited me to come back in the future – is this my ticket to Hollywood?