Today we helped the kids with some homework packets!
Rachel commented on our efforts:
“My heart goes out to parents. Most of the kids we work with don’t have access to computers or internet (and some don’t speak english) so they cant so homework. I made these packets for them to keep them somewhat engaged.”
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Debra and Rachel
Yesterday, we gave away some of our books from our library to our kids to help keep their minds engaged.
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Debra and Rachel
I wanted to quickly update you on some of the happenings at Apple Street Learning Center and Jesus Project Ministries. The fall season is flying by, and we are seeing amazing transformations.
A quick story – One of our young men “TR” is having a break-out year. Last year when he would come to tutoring as a third grader he would say, “I can’t read!” Many days he would just shut down and sit with his arms folded in defeat. Every time he would say he couldn’t read our tutors would encourage him and say, “We are going to teach you to read.” It has been a hard fought battle, but this year he has been overcoming and succeeding in school. Recently, he has been named Student of the Week twice! What a miracle to watch him work on reading, to finish his math homework and be named Student of the Week. This is only possible because of amazing partners who stand with our ministry.
This is the a brief list of what we are accomplishing this fall:
- Feeding hungry kids – We all hate to think about children going hungry or eating junk food. Thanks to your generous help we are able to keep children from going to bed hungry. Every day we provide healthy after-school snacks and a take home bag to 40 plus children.
- Tutoring tender minds – This is a record breaking year for tutoring. We have the highest number of children ever coming to the tutoring center. So far this year we have had 76 children. We are running out of room, but we are not running out of enthusiasm. I sharpen dozens of pencils each day. Every single pencil has been provided by our generous donors….. thank you so much! I like to say, at Apple Street Learning Center we sharpen pencils so we can sharpen minds.
- Upcoming events: The Cajun Thanksgiving Outreach is on November 23rd at 1:00 pm on the corner of Apple and Cambronne Street, New Orleans. If you would like to help provide a family with a turkey and a thanksgiving food box please click the blue button below to donate. We will provide a dinner for a family in your name. $45.00 feeds a family of four a feast.
- Christmas Party and Toy Give-Away is on December 14th at 1:00 pm.
Thank you again for all of your help over the years. We have an amazing surprise to tell you about soon. Stay tuned, it is exciting!
PS: Did you know that Apple Street Learning Center is recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Education as an approved Tutoring Center?
We are overflowing with kids in need of help with homework in our after school program. We could really use some help! Just one or two hours a week can make a huge difference. And if you speak spanish, we REALLY need you!
Message us if you are able to volunteer & sow some time into these precious kids.
We had a fantastic day! As usual, families lined up long before the gates opened. The clouds started to roll in, but the rain didn’t. The temperature dropped to a lovely 87 degrees, the kids breezed in, and the fun started! Smiling faces were all we could see. The face-painting, balloon animals, hot dogs, nachos and sno-balls made this a celebration for the kids. The sno-ball and the nacho team had their hands full keeping up with the demands.
The highlight of the day was watching each one of the students get a bag and start down the supply line. Paper and notebooks first, crayons, markers and colored pencils, scissors and sharpeners… and on down the line they went, laughing and smiling. We loved loved loved seeing these children happy about school. We know It set the tone for their school year.
We have a lot of photos from the event on our Facebook profile. If you are not a friend of JesusProjectMin, please send a request so you can see the impact you are making.
We want to say thank you again for your kindness and your support!
Debra, Rachel and Sarah
We are so proud of our children! Some are graduating from high school, others from junior high, and the younger ones are passing their standardized tests and being promoted to the next grade levels. It has been another wonderful school year for our volunteers and our children whom we have the honor of tutoring.
Every year in the Apple Street Learning Center we have a wonderful mix of students. The mix includes children who have spent years with us and new students. We are always so blessed as we watch each child grow in their abilities and in their success.
Rachel spent a great deal of time this past year working with a girl in 2nd grade named “Quan.” Her home life is less than desirable. She and her brother moved in with their aunt in Hollygrove at the beginning of the school year. I remember the first moment she stepped through the doors. She seemed loud, non-compliant and aggressive, and she was. But God brought her to us, to Rachel specifically. As Rachel started working with her, it was not an immediate success. But overtime, Rachel and “Quan” formed a great working relationship. “Quan’s” behavior and grades started improving. When she started coming to the Center her grades were at best, average. After months of daily tutoring and attention her grades came up to A’s and B’s. She was given an award at a special ceremony because she achieved a Mastery level of understanding in all of her subjects.
One day Rachel noticed “Quan” wearing a brand new, bright, hand-made belt with her name on it. When Rachel asked about the belt, “Quan” explained that her mom, who is in prison, had made it for her. This precious girl, who was once a handful, was now a bright eyed, smiley girl full of joy.
Almost daily she would bring a hand drawn card to Rachel and many times it would say, “Thanks for not giving up on me.” This is a beautiful reminder of why God started Jesus Project! There are so many in our neighborhood who are just looking for someone to believe in them and not give up on them.
We are get ready for our eleventh year of summer camp, which includes writing the curriculum, organizing the games, recruiting the interns and preparing for mission’s teams. It’s our busiest time of year, but we look forward to seeing all of our kids, including “Quan,” Earl, JJ, Zanaya and the list goes on and on. All children who need to know love, know God and know we believe in them.
Like “Quan,” we want to say, “Thanks for not giving up on us.” You are part of this amazing team, and we continue to need and appreciate your support.
Praying you have a happy and love filled summer!
Rachel and Debra