October 10, 2009

Reading to Kids in LA

On Saturday October 10th MOVE and PTK members, as well as Faculty and Staff volunteered at Magnolia and Politi elementary schools. The morning started out with a light breakfast, and a small introduction to the program. After that, volunteers were paired-up and sent to meet with their reading groups. The children ranged from kinder garden to fifth grade and all were equally excited to read spooky stories in regards to the upcoming holiday. Along with the stories the volunteers presented craft time, this allowed the children to comprehensively take something from the story that they enjoyed and physically make it. Some children made goblin masks, while others painted pictures. When small group time had ended, all of the children and volunteers joined together in the auditorium for a Magic Show. The excitement from the children filled the room, this day was an obvious success.
After the volunteering, Marymount Volunteers headed to the Original Farmers Market, located next to the Grove in LA. While there, students were able to experience a variety of cultural foods for lunch.
Reading to Kids was a great success with over 45 volunteers and hundreds of smiling faces :)

October 02, 2009

Marymount's Family Weekend - Fall 2009

Dr. Ron McCurdy and company performed The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: 12 Mood for Jazz at Marymount CollegeFriday, October 2nd, 2009.   The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin "cha cha" and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming -- a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.
Marymount's Family Weekend Fall 2009  Marymount's Family Weekend Fall 2009

October 01, 2009

The Boy's & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor is the LARGEST daily provider of youth development programming in the entire South Bay - serving over 2200 youth DAILY!  Many of our members come from poverty level families and and are highly at-risk.  We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist in our Learning Centers at our 13th Street & Cabrillo Avenue site in San Pedro (10 minutes from Marymount).  Marymount students in the past have been great volunteers in our program.

We have three separate Learning Centers where we can use your assistance:  Elementary, Middle School and High School.  The elementary and middle school centers primarily provide homework assistance, computer assisted instruction and basic reading and math tutoring.  Our high school program is called "College Bound" as we dedicate ourselves to provide a college pathway for all of our teens.  Besides homework assistance, College Bound provides academic case management, SAT preparedness activities, assistance in applications for college acceptance, SAT exams and FAFSA; writing workshops, and mentoring.  We primarily are looking for volunteers to support children in all three centers with homework assistance - but volunteers have often assisted in the other center activities as well.

We have "flexible" hours which should be of benefit to Marymount College students.

In addition, we are recruiting volunteers who can work as assistants in our other program areas (fine arts, dance, music, sports, recording studio, etc), can assist at our entry desks and/or can provide data input.

If interested in volunteering, please contact Tony Tripp of the Boys & Girls Club at (310) 833-1322 ext 236.

We thank you for your time and consideration of the children we serve.

Mike Lansing
Executive Director

Marymount Contact:
Susan Garman
Coordinator of Service Learning Programs
310-303-7290  (office)