A Journey ThroughHouston’s Youth Program for Enrichment Summer 2010 WHAT’S INSIDE: Read Aloud Guests Testimonials Summer 2011 Dates Stay Connected
READ-A-LOUD Guests A major part of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools is guest readers This year we had many distinguished guests and we salute them!Saint-Aaronmoris Linda MayHouston Aeros “Chilly” Karrie MomieLaura Bacon Loretta ReaCrystal Beverly Jamie RandelCarolyn DeVaughn Erica RudgersShawn DeVaughn Amanda SemienCourtney Fuller Katrina SpencerByron Hughes Kathy TheusJT Jackson Damita WaltonVicki Johnson Toni WaltonAndrea Jones Jan WestCarlton Land Tristan WilliamsCheryl Lawson Karell WilliamsA Lesson About Jazz This summer, the scholars learned a lesson about jazz from brother-sister distinguished Read-A-Loud guests, Carolyn DeVaughn and Carlton Land. They read about and played different types of music from the The Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt. The book highlighted various jazz musicians such as Luciano Gonzalez and Dizzy Gillespie. The scholars were excited with this presentation because they previously read a book about the life of Dizzy written by Jonah Winter. Level 2 Scholar Matthew Mayberry said, “I like music and the story about Dizzy inspired me not to give up”. Ebony Hollins from Level 4 added, “I learned more about The Cotton Club. I didn’t know black people were only allowed to perform and not observe in the club.” We love and appreciate all our read aloud guests!Quotes from Scholars“My 12 year experience at H.Y.P.E. has inspired me to becomea better reader and be a leader and excel above the average.”-John, 11th Grade“My experience at H.Y.P.E. has helped me to embrace myheritage and to be proud of who I am. H.Y.P.E. has also helpedme to believe in myself and know that I can achieve anything that I work hard at.”– Brittany, 11th Grade“My favorite field trip was the theatre. I liked the play Alice.” - Vishune, 1st Grade“H.Y.P.E. made me read for fun and not when I need to. It introduced me to wonder-ful people I love to be around.”-Chelsea, 7th Grade“I was a doctor on Career Day. I want to be a doctor because they help people. Iwant to attend Oklahoma University.”- Cameron, 3rd Grade
HOW H.Y.P.E. HAS INFLUENCED THE SCHOLARS 2010 marked our 12th summer of Freedom Schools! Each year has been filled with excite- ment, reading and long lasting friendships. Participants, known as Scholars, are dividedinto four levels. Every level reads books and learns lessons that encourage them to make a difference in their self, family, community, country, and world with hope, education and action. Here are just a few of the lessons.Level 1 (K-2 Grade) Ms. Summer, Ms. Jamie and Ms. DanitaLevels 1 chose Carvin Winans’ Conrad Saves Pinger Park astheir favorite book this year. This is a book about recyclingand taught the scholars valuable lessons. So what does Level 1want us to know? They enjoy their creative teachers espe-cially Ms. Summer’s classroom theme - Peacemakers and theclass made a poster together that engages in their reading curriculum. The class said, “We love H.Y.P.E. because it is so much different than regular school. If we could take anything back to school it would be our great interns. H.Y.P.E. teaches us to be great students and it also teaches us to love reading. We love H.Y.P.E.!”Level 2 (3rd-5th Grade) Ms. Ashley and Mr. JohnOur most enthusiastic Scholars are the Level 2 girls inMs. Ashley’s class. The girls want you to know that they “enjoyH.Y.P.E. because we get to be as loud as we want to be. They ac-tually encourage us to be H.Y.P.E. (energized). We also read lotsof books that relates to our lives and most of all we love makinglifelong friends.”The Level 2 boys class has two students that have been involved for six years and threestudents who were attending for the first time. The level 2 boys respect their teacher Mr. John and they appreciate his support, his sense of humor and how much he encourages them to work hard. Their favorite book is Marvelous Martin by Vincent Alexandria because it teaches them how to stand up to bullies by not being afraid of them. Student, Walter White says “the book was fresh (interesting)!”
HOW H.Y.P.E. HAS INFLUENCED THE SCHOLARSLevel 3 (6th-8th Grade) Ms. TatianaFreedom Schools help prepare middle school and high school students for their futuresthrough socialization, college preparation and internships. Level 3, Ms. Tatiana’s class says, “Freedom Schools taught us that we have the power to make a difference! Our teachers at H.Y.P.E. give us hope for a better future. They edu- cate us through reading and encourage us to take action. Because of H.Y.P.E. we know we can be whatever we want to be and if we work hard we will be where we want to be.” Both levels 3 and 4 activities included speaking with recruiters from Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, and Rice University.Level 4 (9th-12th Grade) Ms. CrystalIn addition to their activities with Level 3, the Level 4 scholars served as Junior ServantLeader Interns at Neighborhood Centers’ Harbach Ripley once a week. This opportunityallowed the Scholars to made a difference in their com-munity by sharing Freedom Schools activities and thereading curriculum with new children. Ms. Crystal’s Level4 class says, “H.Y.P.E. has provided us with the oppor-tunity to be an intern and work with kids. The classhelped us develop as professionals and to gain selfconfidence so that we can give back to the next gen-eration”.
Thanks to the Houston’s Youth Program for Enrichment Sponsors, Staff and Volunteers… “We love you, we thank you and we appreciate you…” 2010 Sponsors Site Coordinator Bert & Brandi Brown Quinton JonesChristian Heights Community Care Criss Cole Children’s Fund Servant Leader Interns Donna Cole, Cole Chemical Sommer Anderson Melita Hawkins Ashley Ethridge Albert & Jenise Johnson John KimblePisidia Missionary Baptist Church Crystal Momie Ron Rea, PhD Tatiana Randle The Simmons Foundation Danita Sims Pam Steverson Jane Taylor, BotShop Servant Leader Intern Assistants Joyce Woods Shataurah Brown Lucretia Dailey Afternoon Activities Jaime JohnsonJermaine Alexander, Kids2College Gena Martin Byron Gautier, Project Alpha Dominique Mosely Alpha Phi Alpha- Kirbey Theus Delta Theta Chapter Charles Henson, Volunteer Staff Future Chefs Project Brandi Brown, Executive Director Harris County Street Olympics Drucilla Bolden, Project Director Vanessa Reed, Comerica Bank Sandra Turner Volunteers Waymaker Life Strategies, Inc. Gabriel Beverly Board of Directors Lionel Coleman Toni Walton, Chair Bernadette Davis Gretta McClain, Secretary Alma Edwards Kelli King-Jackson Bridget High Albert Johnson III Brownyn Lucas Denise Mayberry Eric Tate Tristan Williams
SAVE THE DATE H.Y.P.E. CDF Freedom Schools 2011 will be serving the Sunnyside AND Alief communities June 20—July 29, 2011 Make sure to keep in touch with us until then by following us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/hype.fs! See you next summer. To donate or get involved, contact us at: (832) 443-8517 or donate online at www.houstonfreedomschools.comH.Y.P.E. CDF Freedom Schools is a project of Waymaker Life Strategies, Inc.