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"Me Books," Stickers, and Shaving Cream

Last week, (as a Support Team Coordinator) I had the honor of hosting the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady Support Team. Their arrival coincided with our second annual Premiacion competition so the team worked with the 2 special classes that won.

The Strength in Our Community

The morning of July 27th was, as always, one of my favorite days of the year as the Creative Expression team presented the third annual Community Values Fair.  After months of planning and working with the community, we were able to host a fun filled day of artistic activities. The annual fair is a collaborative event, meant to embody the creative expression program’s core values throughout the community.  This year our theme was Inner Strength, something that we seek to harness in each of our students.

A Shared Expedition

Safe Passage is teaming up with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) of Maine to provide college students with an unconventional semester beginning in small boats and ending in a five week volunteering experience at Safe Passage.

The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School’s 81-day Multinational Sailing and Service Semester program begins this September with a three-week sailing expedition off the coast of Maine in an open boat (no cabin, no engines) using only wind and oars for propulsion.

Gifts of Joy

Every month, the Sponsorship Team spends one or two days in the project and in the Escuelita delivering correspondence and birthday gifts to our students.
 
This month, we delivered 56 birthday gifts, and 35 kids recieved correspondence from their sponsors, we also delivered 7 birthday gifts to 7 mothers. In total, on that day, we worked with 125 kids, between birthday gifts, correspondence, interviews for new sponsors, changes of clothes to a smaller or a bigger size, thank you cards after visits, etc.
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