Autumn Joy at Thea Bowman Center, Sept- Nov 2019

Community Education: GED

“Another GED student has earned a diploma, HOORAY!!!” announced Cheryl Johnson, Coordinator of Community Education. “The other day I knew Steven was taking the test,” She wrote. “He came to the Center right after taking it. When I opened the door, he stood there with tears in his eyes. I said, ‘Are those happy tears?’ He said, ‘Yes I passed!’ and we jumped for joy.”

Tutor Vicky Aron, says, “Thea Bowman Center helps those who life has hit the hardest.” Cheryl and Vicky provide an encouraging environment, one-on-one tutoring, and flexible class hours to allow for daily life demands. Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace. Another graduate, Tiffany, said, “Thank you Thea Bowman Center, Ms. Cheryl and Ms. Vicky for helping me accomplish a long lived goal.” Congratulations to one and all!!

Community Education: Computer Literacy

This fall, Thea Bowman Center held Basic Computer (Computer, Internet, e-mail) and Advanced Computer (Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) classes. An Open Lab was available two afternoons and evenings per week for online job searches, resume writing, and class projects. The program provides a priceless opportunity for all ages in a community without broadband access. The classes are especially popular with our seniors!

Youth: Homework Help, Keyboarding, Music, Kung Fu!

Homework Help: Every Monday-Thursday, 15 – 20 students in Grades 5-8, arrive at Thea Bowman Center for a free meal, followed by tutoring, music classes and other learning activities. This semester’s tutoring focus is on creatively teaching math! Students have learned about inches and feet through measuring each other, fractions through cutting up pizza, decimals through working with coins (which they were able to keep!) and equations using Post-It notes!

Keyboarding Kidz: Ten students are transported each afternoon from Nathan Hale Elementary School to attend these classes. While all of them know how to use a cellphone, in Keyboarding Kidz, they learn computer basics that will help them in every future endeavor. And they love it!

Music and Kung Fu at Nathan Hale: This program has been held for several years in partnership with Starting Point. Thea Bowman Center sponsors after-school Music and Kung Fu classes at the school for 15 students. Music classes, at the school and the Center, are taught by long-time instructor, Faceta Ward. Our young violinists performed to great acclaim at our recent Thea Bowman Benefit!

Thank you for all YOU do to support these programs!!!

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