Once again, the Academy students, mentors and volunteers made our November 3rd event a fun and information filled day. The self-sufficiency activities included participating in five learning stations where we learned critical information on 1) preparing a basic budget, 2) housing options and costs (including knowing what a security deposit is), 3) savvy shopping including when and where to buy for a cost savings, 4) personal care – sewing buttons, ironing, and fixing laundry mistakes, and 5) small home repairs such as fixing carpet burns, wax in carpet and small dings in drywall. We also reviewed our SAT/ACT vocabulary words from October and learned a new way to memorize our new 100 words for November.
The brunch provided at the GWU dining hall was delicious as always and we celebrated one of our student’s birthdays with a large cake. We celebrated our recent successes such as bringing up our grades, honor roll for many, sport championships, and even a mentor’s promotion to Sergeant in the Sheriff’s Office. We reviewed participating in our Facebook group and we passed out the CDs that recorded our Film Reporting projects from this summer. Students and mentors had a chance at the end of the day to review more personally how things were going at school and in their busy lives. Our mentors will be connecting weekly with our students to ensure they have the support of our Academy in addition to our wonderful families and social workers. Photos of our day will be posted on my blog at www.firststar.org, since I know many of you cannot receive emails with the photos attached.
We wish everyone a love-filled Thanksgiving and we look forward to two exciting events in December. Our next Academy event is December 7th at the Arts Club of Washington, and we have been invited to attend the Nutcracker ballet at the Hylton Center for Performing Arts on December 21st courtesy of the Manassas Ballet Theatre, NOVEC, and Macy’s . I will be out of town November 7-22 on a trip of a lifetime with my beloved husband. I will not be available by phone or email, however, our great president, Ms. Elissa Garr, will be available to help with any concerns while I am away. Until I see you all again, I wish you many blessings and great happiness.
Teresa M. Zutter, Director