Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 11:39 AM
Once a month, a group of volunteers from DC Metro Church spends an afternoon tutoring students at Homework Club. Three women came this week and the kids loved them! They did a great job making homework fun while also still encouraging the students to complete their assignments.
Their help meant that more of our students had personal and individualized attention as they completed their homework and that makes a huge difference.
We’re grateful for DC Metro Church’s ongoing support of Little Lights and these women’s faithfulness in coming out to spend time with our students.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 01:26 PM
Throughout this fierce winter, the Clean Green Team has still been at work, meeting for weekly training sessions in preparation for the warmer months when work picks back up.
Monday afternoons, Dave and Blake Dunlevy, of D&A Dunlevy Landscapers, continue to provide training and advice to the eight members of the Clean Green Team. At their most recent meeting, the team learned about a whole host of plants and flowers – the names and colors of the different varieties, as well as how to care for each specific plant.
Continually they strive to increase their knowledge and broaden their set of skills. Everyone is looking forward to April, when they’ll be able to jump back into work full-force.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 09:35 AM
All 21 students enrolled in Elementary Math Heroes showed up last Thursday night – perfect attendance! And last night, 20 of 21 students attended!
This semester, we’re offering students incentive to attend Reading and Math Heroes every week. At the end of the semester, those elementary students with 90% attendance will get to collectively choose between a trip to Chuck E. Cheese, Pump It Up, or the movies. Middle school students with 90% attendance get to go on a trip to Six Flags!
Each week we remind the students of the prize awaiting them and, so far, it’s led to several nights of near perfect or perfect attendance! Here’s to hoping for strong attendance the rest of the semester, too!
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 09:48 AM
A fixture at Little Lights for over a decade, Linda Rice, our Associate Director, grew up here in DC during the Civil Rights years and offers us a unique perspective on Black History Month.
She agreed to sit down and share some of her thoughts…
1. Who are role models for you or important figures in your understanding of black history?
Langston Hughes, because I love his poetry and he inspired me when I was younger. My mother, because she raised 10 children without a father and many of them went to college. Stevie Wonder, because of his phenomenal gifts. I get mesmerized whenever I listen to him. And George Washington Carver, because I love peanut butter.
2. What events do you see as important in black history?
Being alive during the Martin Luther King Jr. era and the riots after he died. It was a scary time. We kids had to go to bed early, we weren’t allowed to look out the windows, but of course I did. And I saw things I wish I’d never seen. The city was trashed. Every white business was set on fire. All you could smell was smoke and flesh. - And also, being able to graduate from high school (and sing during the ceremony) at Constitution Hall, where previously African Americans weren’t allowed to go.
3. In what ways are you proud of your heritage?
To sit in the places now that you couldn’t then. To be a part of the history. To be able to work with all races, despite what I saw when I was younger. I’m proud of all our accomplishments – African American presidents, judges, Olympians, sports players. These things really make me proud. But we still have more to come. We overcame some things but have a long way to go.
4. What do you wish more people understood about black history?
How the struggle affects us, and will affect us for generations to come. Many people, me included, weren’t in jobs because we wanted them, but because we wanted to be treated equal. I got my first job at the bank because the EEO was forcing them to hire African Americans. I experienced the most abuse at that job. People doing the same job, with the same qualifications were paid differently because of race. Supervisors let customers use racial slurs when speaking to me. It was very disheartening. But as African Americans fought back, slowly things changed. If somebody hadn’t fought years ago for equal rights, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
And we’re glad Linda is here, part of the Little Lights team. She imparts so much laughter, courage, and love to our community.