Saturday, October 17, 2009

Perry School 10 Year Anniversary Open House

On Friday, Little Friends for Peace staff and volunteers joined the 8 other organizations with whom we collaborate in the Perry School Community Service Center to celebrate 10 years of uplifting Perry’s neighborhood. We enjoyed the fun and fellowship that followed tours of the historic school building turned human service center and were especially delighted to take part in the ceremonial celebration held that evening in the gym of our building neighbor, the Boys & Girls Clubhouse #2. Highlights of the ceremony included words from Perry School Community Services Center’s founder, Alverta Munlyn, Perry Center, Inc.’s founder Paul McElligott, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Ward, D.C. Councilmember Marion Berry, WUSA 9’s J.C. Hayward, and a presentation of the “Peace Pledge” and “Dr. King Rap” by our very own Peace kids: Kayla, Kyra, Sydney, and Devita.

Little Friends for Peace is a founding organization of this community-initiated project to offer community residents the skills and resources to become empowered and self-sufficient. For Little Friends for Peace’s part, we teach peace skills as a critical component of Perry Center, Inc.’s Youth Development Program, serving 40 elementary-aged children and 20 teens every school day afternoon. We also infuse peace education into their 6 week summer camp programming, and were delighted to be able to weekly take the children to our new Peace Oasis home in Accokeek, Md this past summer. In addition, we offer mentoring to staff, enabling them to be peace educators in their own right.

We are so proud of the important work of all the organizations that make up the Perry School Community Services Center and continuously seek to enhance and maximize the endless possibilities for partnerships and peace that this relationship provides. We look forward to ten more years of spreading peace and eradicating poverty!

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