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Pressman Academy’s Give a Hand Projects

Over the past few months, the nine classrooms of the Early Childhood Center at Pressman Academy  have been working on handprint posters for our Give a Hand campaign .  On the morning of Saturday December 7, 2013 the finished handprint posters were displayed at Pressman’s Shir Shabbat service.  Throughout the process of creating the posters, the teachers documented the creation of the handprints with pictures of students learning about and contributing to the activity.  On Saturday morning, the students were excited to see themselves in these pictures and show their parents the completed projects.  It was a great event to engage the parents to learn a bit more about the Little Ripples program.

This is the second time I’ve visited the Pressman Academy and I continue to be impressed by the quality and energy of the community.  At the Shir Shabbat service, it was inspiring to see how Pressman actively involves the parents in their child’s learning.   On Saturday morning the Pressman Sanctuary was filled with laughter and bright smiles of the young students and their families.  This next year as we continue to grow our program and focus on parent engagement strategies, I know that we will be able to create the same type of environment at our Little Ripples school.

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Jennifer became passionate about international development and humanitarian work when studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and leading youth performing arts workshops in one of the surrounding townships. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences, she taught adolescent reproductive health to high school students in South and East Los Angeles. She has also worked as a Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, where she was able to foster an understanding of the community engagement and community resilience approaches, and hopes to incorporate these strategies in her work with Little Ripples. jennifer@iactivism.org


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