Friends News Newsletter of the Friends of the Community Learning Center Spring 2013 On the Web: www.friendsofclc.org Follow A Dream teachers: “Be more aware of what the colleges are teaching, and include some of it in your curriculum.” Mark’s hopes for college: “To gain knowledge, grow, mature, do something I never thought I would do, change my work, to follow a dream. So far, it’s working! And it’s a lot of work!” Mark Moses with his daughters Evelyn (l) and Rachel (r) Mark Moses, a 2012 graduate of CLC’s Bridge to College program, is in his first year at Bunker Hill Community College. He is studying to be a social worker in the human resources program. Here are some of his thoughts at the end of the first semester: “Reading and English are easy. Math is hard. In my math class it’s good to know I’m not the only one that’s having a hard time. I like all my teachers. They really care and want you to succeed. One not-so-good feature is the really young students who think they know everything.” Here’s some advice from Mark for this year’s CLC Bridge students: “When you’re at CLC, make sure you learn, listen, pay attention. Get as much as you can because it’s harder when you get to college. In your classes at college ask as many questions as you can. Get a tutor if you’re having trouble.” And some advice for CLC Mark is a recipient of a 2012-2013 college scholarship from First Literacy. In his scholarship application essay, explaining his desire to become a social worker, Mark wrote, “Through listening and being supportive and compassionate, and expanding my knowledge by completing my education, I hope to change the way people in distress look at life.” Challenges, Laughter, Coming Together CLC Level 3 ESOL Class The 13 students you see in the photo, along with artist Clara Wainwright (2nd row, 3rd from left), assistant Brett Cook (2nd row, 3rd from right), and teacher Teresa Brown (holding quilt on left), are the quilters of the self portraits and flags that form the quilt being displayed. They are from 8 countries: Cuba, Haiti, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Brazil. The themes that inspired them were: “Us” (who we are), the world as a community, and dreams and hopes. A joint project between the CLC and the Cambridge Arts Council, the project was led by Ms. Wainwright and Teresa Brown, working with a level three ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) class. On Friday mornings from October through February, the quilt project participants combined writing, vocabulary, and conversation development with artistic skills in a collaborative, supportive and focused working environment to produce the amazing quilt. Though not visible in the photo, there are also writings from the participants, which were inspired by making the quilt together. Jorge: “It will arrive the day that borders end, when we give the best of each of our countries to create a world for all.” Ange Marie: “My goal for my children in U.S. is to finish high school and college. Also, I hope we help my country’s people.” Paulina: “Human beings grow when they hold hands without fear and walk together.” Teresa: “Challenges, Laughter, Coming together – CLC.” Women's Education Center at Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women. Deborah Downes has had a lifelong career in public education with extensive experience as a school administrator, professional developer and special educator in Cambridge, Boston, and Andover, MA. She has focused her work on building and sustaining learning environments and curriculum opportunities that more effectively engage, support and provide enduring learning experiences for struggling learners. As a recent retiree she wanted to keep her connection to students and to teaching. She volunteers at CLC in the classroom and with an individual reading student. Deb says, “This time is the highlight of my week!" Sunday, June 9th, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. 4 Walnut Avenue, Cambridge Tickets are $75.00 per person. Contact Mina Reddy, 617-349-6363 Sponsorships benefitting the Bridge to College program at a higher level are also available. CLC Friends Welcome Exciting New Board Members Nicole Satyanarayan is excited to join the board and is committed to furthering the mission of the Friends. She is an ESOL tutor at the CLC and is passionate about helping students achieve their academic and professional goals. Nicole served as the Program and Student Coordinator of the Please be sure to "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofclc and follow us on Twitter @FriendsofCLC. On our sites you will find the latest CLC news and events, student stories and more!