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New Volunteer Opportunities at the Andrew Jackson School

   The Learning Buddies at Jackson Elementary School (12th and Federal streets) are launching a new reading program called Achieve Now. It is a phonics-based program designed specifically to be used by volunteers. It is a series 0f scripted lessons requiring no advance reading instruction knowledge on the part of the teacher. The training for administration takes only about an hour. So far the students seem engaged and enthusiastic. If you are available from 10:30 through…


Added by Sharon Tomalin on April 16, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

Become a Learning Buddy at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School

Do you have some free time one morning a week from about 9:00 - 11:00 AM? If so, the Learning Buddy project at Andrew Jackson School has need for a few more tutors of elementary students during their Language Arts block. The opportunities are varied: listen and guide beginning readers as they read to you, instruct slightly older students in reading or math, or assist the teacher in a classroom. Or perhaps you'd prefer to use your hobby or interest to help with after-school clubs (3 - 4:00…


Added by Sharon Tomalin on November 17, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ed/Lit Activities Continue

The group of tutors at Andrew Jackson have just wrapped up their second year of acting as “reading buddies” to grades 1 – 7 at the Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia. More than twenty people, most from the FirstU church, went to the elementary school at 12th and Federal Streets once a week to meet, read, and instruct (math) with more than  50 students.  Some worked one-on-one with the children, and some went into the classrooms to support the teachers. Others have spent…


Added by Sharon Tomalin on June 7, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Interested in a New Book Club?

Would you consider joining an additional UU book club that's open to everyone? Do you want to explore the idea - what kind? When? Which books? How often? How organized?  I'd like to get a sense of the interest in FirstU friends and members.

Email me and let's see if we can discover other interested individuals!

Added by Sharon Tomalin on June 7, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Continuing Social Justice Literacy Projects

With the meeting on March 25 to select a new theme for the FirstUU social justice concentration, you might be wondering just what will happen to the projects created under the “old” Education/Literacy theme. They won’t be dropped; they’ll continue under the aegis of the Social Justice Ministry Team as on-going projects In fact, as an indication of their continuing interest and support, the SJMT has recently adopted two expansions of the Reading Buddies…


Added by Sharon Tomalin on March 18, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Additional Volunteers Support Education/Literacy Projects

I’m proud to be a part of the First UU church of Philadelphia. We have a congregation determined to do more than just talk about social justice.  

For instance, after hearing about the work of the Social Justice Ministry on Education/Literacy at the recent State of the Congregation service, eighteen additional people indicated an interest in helping with one or more Social Justice projects. Several signed up for two or three projects, so we have more volunteers to work as…


Added by Sharon Tomalin on February 14, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Social Justice Ministry -- Andrew Jackson School

FirstUU is in the second year of a three-year pilot project to promote social justice through the support of education and literacy in Philadelphia. If you haven’t already seen them, check out the photos of the school supplies donated by members of PhilaUU for the children at the Andrew Jackson School on 12th and Federal Streets. They’re posted in the lobby on the Social…


Added by Sharon Tomalin on November 9, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

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