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Defying the Odds

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Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx has been racking up honors and awards this spring, but none have drawn as much attention as its Schools of Opportunity Gold Recognition.

Let the Letter's Fly

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On Tuesday, June 9, the School Age Division held its third annual word bee at the Dunlevy Milbank Center. Over the course of the year, young people in grades K-2 learned 25 new words, parts of speech, and definitions through engaging activities. In grades 3-8, students learned 50 new words, parts of speech, and definitions. Competitions began in May to crown site champions, and those winners came to test their skills and knowledge at Milbank.

Wagon Road and Citi: A Tradition

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On Saturday, June 13, about 60 volunteers from Citi descended upon Wagon Road Camp in Westchester County for a long day of service to help get the site ready for summer. In just a few weeks, Wagon Road will be the destination for hundreds of kids, many of them from New York City getting a chance to experience new outdoor adventures while staying engaged with learning opportunities.

Where the Art Starts

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Colorful paintings, expressive masks, and street photography covered the walls of the Boricua College Art Gallery in Washington Heights at the 14th Annual Children’s Art Show. The many pieces of art on display came from all corners of the Children’s Aid community, with artists starting as young as our Head Start participants—three and four years old—to our graduating high school seniors.

Walking for Foster Care

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When Warwick Valley High School student Ally Ehrmann was told that her senior project had to have a tangible outcome, she decided to raise money for a cause close to her heart. That cause ended up being young people in foster care.

CAS-Carrera Celebrates 29th Annual Parent Graduation

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A Garden of Peace and Health

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City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that she started working on the garden that opened this week at P.S. 50 in East Harlem when she was in her first term on City Council. Today, she’s in her third term.

Representing Children’s Aid

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Earlier this spring, eight teens from our four different Boys & Girls Clubs competed to be the Children’s Aid representative in the Youth of the Year competition. The competition was stiff, and it was difficult to pick one candidate above all others. But Sage Lopez, from our East Harlem Center, rose to the top and earned the right to travel to Albany and compete for the statewide honor. While he didn’t win, he had a great experience and wrote about his journey and the competition:

Americorps Graduates Keep Moving Forward

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Celebrating the Bronx

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