As 2016 winds down, it's a good time to reflect and review accomplishments of the past year as well as look forward to next steps.
It's been a busy and productive time at The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment. Our tutoring and Summer Programs have garnered successful results. The students are working hard at making academic strides. After more than seven decades as a teacher, I still am thrilled to see children make connections as they look to satisfy their hunger to learn. The Center's goal is for children to be lifelong learners and our tutors wholeheartedly embrace that philosophy. Whether your child needs remediation or an academic challenge, contact me (914-422-4135 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss how we can best support his or her needs.
Our recent Thanksgivings-themed Book Fair was a wonderful success. It was great to see so many children and parents enjoying the day. Many thanks to our special guest Obiora N. Anekwe, author of The Adventures of Blind Tom. We continue to be grateful to Barnes & Noble for being such a long-time supporter of the Center and our goals.
I'm happy to announce that with funding from New York State Department of Child & Youth, we have begun "Honor Roll Bound," a new program dedicated to inspiring students to achieve grades that place them on the Honor Roll. Four afternoons a week our teachers work on language arts and math with 10 sixth-grade boys from Eastview School in White Plains. Both the students and teachers are excited about achieving their goal - making the Honor Roll by June!
I was pleased that so many of you met with our tutors to discuss your children's progress at our recent Parent-Teacher Conferences. Working together I know your children will continue to make academic strides in 2017.
I'm looking forward to having you and your children join us on Saturday, December 17 at 10:30 AM for our Holiday Celebration as we learn about and celebrate the upcoming holidays -- Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa. There will be storytelling, decoration making and refreshments.
So many of you told me how helpful you found the article I wrote about homework. For those who missed it, click here. And, with the New Year fast approaching, it's not too early to start planning for the summer. Click here for details on our 2017 Summer Program.
Winter, which officially begins with the Winter Solstice on December 21, is the perfect time for indoor fun that is also educational -- curling up with your children and a few good books, playing board games or watching movies together. Enjoy the school break and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year refreshed and ready to tackle new academic challenges.
Sr. St. John Delany