MLK Preschool: Our 'Hungry Caterpillars' Turn into Social Butterflies 🐛🦋
Updated: Jun 9
UPDATES FROM THE MLK COMMUNITY CENTER
Friday, May 28, 2021
PRESCHOOL IN 2021 - FRIENDSHIPS MADE OVER ZOOM, INSTEAD OF THE PLAYGROUND: Preschool virtual book club draws to a heartfelt close
Had it not been for the pandemic, our kids might have crossed paths or shared a swing set at a Newport County playground. But this school year, friendships were fostered via Zoom between preschoolers at the MLK Community Center and preschoolers at Pennfield School, through the MLK's virtual book club.
Over the course of the year, class instructor (and the MLK's Imagination Library Program Coordinator) Judy Hall, together with Preschool Teacher Jenny Williams at Pennfield School, selected books with diverse characters and themes to read to both classes of students. The students then virtually enjoyed a physical activity together, whether it was dance or a routine of simple yoga poses, and returned to their respective classrooms to complete a shared activity.
This past Tuesday was the last virtual book club meeting of the school year. After reading Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" together in English and Spanish via Zoom, students in both classrooms went up to the camera to wave goodbye to their new virtual friends "face to face" and give virtual hugs. Miss Jenny and Miss Judy are working to organize a socially-distant in-person meet & greet for the kiddos.
Perhaps it was no coincidence that, before even learning of his passing, virtual book club instructors Judy Hall and Jenny Williams selected the English and Spanish version of Carle's classic "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to center their last virtual book club meeting around, as students in both classes will soon be unfolding their wings and moving on to Kindergarten. We thank Eric Carle for making the lives of generations of readers that much more colorful. We extend our love and thoughts to the Carle family.
THANK YOU, MCGRATH'S, FOR SERVING UP COMFORT THE PAST 15 MONTHS
It doesn't seem that long ago: last Spring, even churches had to close their doors due to COVID-19 restrictions, which discontinued the daily meal services that some of the most vulnerable in our community rely on. On top of church meal site closures, Newport County had long seen a deficit in midday meal programs for quite some time. Thus, our Grab & Go meal program was born, 15 months ago.
Thanks to a PPP loan, McGrath's Clambakes & Catering was able to continue paying their workers, but they needed work. ...That's where the MLK comes in. Executive Director Heather Hole Strout had two goals: to feed people, and to help a struggling business stay alive. Grab & Go lunches were that solution. The program began as two businesses, a non-profit and a for-profit, being able to creatively meet needs and solve problems, and the relationship between the two deepened because of it.
As the PPP money ran out, owner TR McGrath worked to give the Center his best rates on catering to sustain the Grab & Go meal program that had served thousands of individuals from all across Newport County. Generous donations from the community allowed us to contract McGrath's to provide these meals and their staff's stellar service. A mark of things slowly returning back to normal, the McGrath's team is getting busier and busier, as celebrations and weddings start to fill up the calendar. We are grateful for this special relationship with McGrath's throughout these past 15 months. All of us at the MLK have grown used to seeing the McGrath's van outside the loading dock, and we're going to miss seeing TR, Rob, and Aidan out and about the Center. Thank you, McGrath's!
As it has become such a community staple, the Center sought a way to pivot to allow this program to continue. We are excited to announce that twice-weekly Grab & Go lunches will continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1 PM thanks to Blount Fine Foods, who have so generously committed to underwriting this program. (More on that to come!)
JUNE BRINGS EVEN MORE COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING TO THE CENTER
It's already looking like it's going to be an incredible summer here at the MLK Community Center, thanks to generous community support that has allowed us to expand our Community Program offerings. Can you believe next week is the first week of June? Many of these programs will be offered next week so mark your calendar now, and register today(for those that require RSVP, that is!).
Produce to the People (formerly "Veggie Days"), the MLK Community Center's free produce distribution program, is hitting the road for the summer! We're kicking off Produce to the People on June 1st.
Every Tuesday from 10 am – 1 pm (or while supplies last), Produce to the People will be set up in the Newport Heights area, behind the Florence Gray Center in Newport (W Evans St., between Girard and Fahey). Innovative programs like this one that address community needs, while overcoming barriers like transportation, are made possible thanks to generous donors and funders, notably the Bank of America Hunger and Wellness Grant. Thank you for empowering in community, BofA!
Not in the Newport Heights area? No worries, Produce to the People will still be set-up on-site at the MLK on Thursdays from 10 am - 1 pm, too (or while supplies last). Both locations will be well-stocked with a wide variety of produce (much of it locally-grown), so simply attend whichever is closest to you!
Stop by with your reusable bags to receive fresh, local fruits and vegetables for you and your family – completely free of charge. Kindly take only enough for your household. Community members are able to attend either Produce to the People distribution at the MLK or Produce to the People: Newport Heights, but not both.
"Live from the [Loading] Dock," the MLK's new summer music series, will be held on every second Weds. in June, July and August. On Weds, June 9th at 4:30, bring a blanket/chair and enjoy the music of Yacouba Diabate, thanks to the generosity of event sponsor Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. Hamburgers & hotdogs will be served. Mark your calendar for the summer's other performances, too: Weds,July 14 & Weds, August 11. (More information to follow!)
Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment on Thursday, June 3rd & Thursday, June 17th, 12 - 2 pm. This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center's Edward St entrance, where someone from APRI will meet you at your appointment time. To make an appointment: Call or email APRI: (401) 831-5522.
Attention: Community members can now register and manage their RSVPs for Zumba, "Toning in '21" fitness class, Yoga, and/or Sabores Latinos conveniently online! To register for any of these upcoming classes, visit the new registration webpage. We recommend you register for an account at the end of registration, for easy account management. Not able to register online? No problem. You're still able to RSVP with Mel via email or by calling (401) 846-4828.Note: starting June 7th, Zumba is moving to Mondays at 8:30 AM.
Join the Jamestown Arts Center next Saturday, June 5 at the MLK for a free family-friendly collage workshop, celebrating the work of Aboudia, whose work is featured in their Africa Avant Garde exhibition. All ages welcome with parental supervision, all materials supplied. Sat, June 5, 11am-1pm. RSVP here
This Tues, June 1st's Lunch & Learn activity is Bingo! Older adults are invited to stop by the MLK at 12 pm every first and third Tuesday of the month for a hearty meal + a fun activity or presentation on a topic of interest. RSVP with Mel via email or call (401) 846-4828.
Stop by the MLK every Tues. & Thurs. from 11:30 am to 1 pm for a delicious, free Grab & Go lunch! Starting Tues. June 1st, this soup is generously donated by our friends at Blount Fine Foods and served by MLK volunteers. Menu selection TBD.
CALEB & BROAD 'DO GOOD' COLLECTION: Get 'em before they're gone
Caleb & Broad's motto is "Good Food for Good People." In that spirit, the DO GOOD apparel collection was born, to do good in the community: When you purchase a piece from this collection, 100% of proceeds support the MLK. There's something for everyone: women's t-shirts, men's t-shirts, and baseball hats. Get 'em now, though: this promotion ends soon!
CLOSURE NOTICE: MEMORIAL DAY - MONDAY, MAY 31
This coming Monday, May 31st, the Center will be closed in observation of Memorial Day. We're grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We wish you a safe and peaceful long weekend with your loved ones (if you're fully vaccinated, that is!)
We've recently opened two private Facebook groups: one group for Parents & Families
of MLK Students, and one group for MLK Community Center Volunteers. Are you either (or both) a MLK parent or a MLK volunteer? If so, please join the conversation! (Parents: we've been sharing reminders, registration links for MLK family events, and soon: the Preschool Graduation Zoom link!)
HERE TO HELP View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, and Sabores Latinos online! With this system, you can conveniently register, reschedule, and cancel appointments at your convenience. We suggest you make an account for easy account management (after you sign up for your first class, it will prompt you). If you aren't able to register online, you are always able to contact Mel via email or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828. The Center will be closed this coming Monday, May 31st, in observation of Memorial Day.
Grab & Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)
Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesday evenings from 4 pm to 6 pm; first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm
Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors. Contact Ed for more info
Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last
Produce to the People @ the MLK (formerly Veggie Days): weekly vegetable distribution, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.
Produce to the People @ Newport Heights: The Center's weekly free vegetable distribution is hitting the road for the summer! Beginning June 1st, every Tuesday throughout the summer from 10 am - 1 pm (or while supplies last), get free, local produce for you and your family. Located at W Evans St., between Girard & Fahey, behind the Florence Gray Center in Newport.
Live from the [Loading] Dock, Summer Concert Series: Nothing says "summer" like an outdoor concert! June - August, bring a blanket/lawn chair to the Center's front lawn on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for upbeat music from diverse musicians and a meal. Wednesday, June 9th at 4:30 enjoy the sounds of Yacouba Dibate on the kora (traditional West African stringed instrument), thanks to the generosity of our music sponsor Jeff Brooks, Realtor - Hogan Associates. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. Other dates: Weds, July 14th & Weds, August 11th (details TBD).
NOW ENROLLING: Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117
After School program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209
NOW ENROLLING: Summer Adventure Camp: Offered June 28 - August 20, 2021 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm for registered campers. Rising 1st through 5th graders eligible. Campers enjoy daily field trips around Aquidneck Island, and make & maintain academic strides in math, literacy, science, & more through daily lesson plans. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209. Registration documents available to download online
**For Families of MLK Students - Newport Music Festival Family Concert: On Friday, July 9th at 4:15 pm, the Newport Music Festival is putting on a special concert for families of the MLK Community Center's education programs, thanks to generous sponsorship from Betsy Blair & Jim Van Winkle with additional support provided by BankNewport and NewportFed Charitable Foundation. GRAMMY Award-winning Chicago-based quartet Third Coast Percussion will perform. The concert will be held behind the Center. Registration in advance is required, but a special code is needed to reserve online. Please ask your child's teacher for the registration code or email Tanya and we can provide you with it. More info & performers here
SafeSitter Babysitting Safety Course: This free class, presented by LifeSpan, will introduce aspiring babysitters ages 11-14 to essential babysitting safety guidelines, including first aid, CPR, sitter safety, and more. Wednesday, July 14th, 8:45 am - 2:30 pm. Space is limited & classes book fast, so reserve your child's spot ASAP: Jeanette Nessett, LifeSpan: email or call (401) 444-8088.
Inspired by Aboudia - Community Collage Workshop: On Saturday June 5th from 11 am - 1 pm, join the Jamestown Arts Center in celebrating the work of Aboudia, whose work is currently featured in their Africa Avant Garde exhibition, with this free community collage workshop. All ages welcome with parental supervision, & all materials supplied. RSVP here
Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday at 8:30 am, this full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength of participants in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment. All skill-levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.
Zumba Fitness Class: Every Thursday* morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. *Note: Beginning Mon., June 7th, Zumba will no longer be offered on Thursdays & will instead be offered on Mondays at 8:30 AM.
Free, Safe, and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment on Thursday, June 3rd & Thursday, June 17th, 12 - 2 pm. This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center's Edward St entrance, where someone from APRI will meet you at your appointment time. To make an appointment: Call or email APRI: (401) 831-5522
NEW: Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and Chef Carmen for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's first cooking class offered completely en Español. Yoli will teach recipes from around the Latin world, while Chef Carmen of Sprout & Lentil will teach plant-based recipes & nutrition. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. Classes will alternate between traditional (taught by Yoli) & plant-based (taught by Chef Carmen). Spanish speakers are invited to attend & RSVP online or via email or call (401) 846-4828.*Note: No class 5/31. Class will resume on June 7th with Chef Carmen.
LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. Participants explore healthy, low-cost recipes using ingredients commonly found in the food pantry. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.
Lunch & Learn, the MLK's lunchtime meal and lecture series for older adults, will return to the MLK for a recurring schedule starting in May. Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12 pm. Tuesday, June 1st's activity is Bingo. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in partnership with the MLK Community Center, puts books into the hands and hearts of children all across Newport County. They partner with local communities to mail a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five, completely free of cost & regardless of family income. Registration & more info
Food Pantry Donations: We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please ring the bell upon arrival. A list of our current needs available here.
No temenos la capacidad de traducir cada entrada del blog a español porque usamos una herramienta de traducción en el internet. Por favor, disculpe cualquier error gramática. Por favor, llame al Centro si tiene alguna pregunta.
Preescolar de MLK: Nuestras 'orugas hambrientas' se convierten en mariposas sociales 🐛🦋
ACTUALIZACIONES DEL CENTRO COMUNITARIO DE MLK
Viernes, 28 de mayo de 2021
PREESCOLAR EN 2021 - AMISTADES HECHAS SOBRE ZOOM, EN LUGAR DEL PATIO DE JUEGOS: El club de lectura virtual de preescolar llega a un cierre sincero
Si no hubiera sido por la pandemia, nuestros niños podrían haberse cruzado o compartido un columpio en un patio de recreo del condado de Newport. Pero este año escolar, se fomentaron las amistades a través de Zoom entre los niños en edad preescolar en el Centro Comunitario de MLK y los niños en edad preescolar en Pennfield School, a través del club de lectura virtual de MLK.
Durante el transcurso del año, la instructora de la clase (y la coordinadora del programa Biblioteca de imaginación de MLK) Judy Hall, junto con la maestra de preescolar Jenny Williams en la escuela Pennfield, seleccionaron libros con diversos personajes y temas para leer a ambas clases de estudiantes. Luego, los estudiantes disfrutaron virtualmente juntos de una actividad física, ya sea baile o una rutina de posturas de yoga simples, y regresaron a sus respectivas aulas para completar una actividad compartida.
El martes pasado fue la última reunión del club de lectura virtual del año escolar. Después de leer juntos "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" de Eric Carle en inglés y español a través de Zoom, los estudiantes de ambos salones se acercaron a la cámara para despedirse de sus nuevos amigos virtuales "cara a cara" y dar abrazos virtuales. La señorita Jenny y la señorita Judy están trabajando para organizar un encuentro y saludo en persona socialmente distante para los niños.
Quizás no fue una coincidencia que, incluso antes de enterarse de su fallecimiento, las instructoras del club de lectura virtual Judy Hall y Jenny Williams seleccionaron la versión en inglés y en español del clásico de Carle "La oruga muy hambrienta" para centrar su última reunión del club de lectura virtual en torno a los estudiantes en ambas clases pronto desplegarán sus alas y pasarán al jardín de infantes. Agradecemos a Eric Carle por hacer la vida de generaciones de lectores mucho más colorida. Extendemos nuestro amor y pensamientos a la familia Carle.
GRACIAS, MCGRATH'S, POR SER COMODIDAD DURANTE LOS ÚLTIMOS 15 MESES
No parece que haya pasado tanto tiempo: la primavera pasada, incluso las iglesias tuvieron que cerrar sus puertas debido a las restricciones de COVID-19, que suspendieron los servicios de comidas diarias de los que dependen algunos de los más vulnerables de nuestra comunidad. Además de los cierres de los sitios de comidas de las iglesias, el condado de Newport había experimentado un déficit en los programas de comidas del mediodía durante bastante tiempo. Así nació nuestro programa de comidas Grab & Go, hace 15 meses.
Gracias a un préstamo PPP, McGrath's Clambakes & Catering pudo seguir pagando a sus trabajadores, pero necesitaban trabajo. ... Ahí es donde entra MLK. La directora ejecutiva Heather Hole Strout tenía dos objetivos: alimentar a las personas y ayudar a que un negocio en apuros se mantenga vivo. Los almuerzos para llevar fueron esa solución. El programa comenzó como dos empresas, una sin fines de lucro y otra con fines de lucro, pudiendo satisfacer creativamente necesidades y resolver problemas, y la relación entre los dos se profundizó debido a ello.
A medida que se agotaba el dinero del PPP, el propietario TR McGrath trabajó para dar al Centro sus mejores tarifas en catering para sostener el programa de comidas Grab & Go que había servido a miles de personas de todo el condado de Newport. Las generosas donaciones de la comunidad nos permitieron contratar a McGrath's para proporcionar estas comidas y el servicio estelar de su personal. Una señal de que las cosas vuelven lentamente a la normalidad, el equipo de McGrath se está volviendo más y más ocupado, a medida que las celebraciones y las bodas comienzan a llenar el calendario. Estamos agradecidos por esta relación especial con McGrath's durante estos últimos 15 meses. Todos nosotros en el MLK nos hemos acostumbrado a ver la camioneta de McGrath fuera del muelle de carga, y vamos a extrañar ver a TR, Rob y Aidan fuera del Centro. Gracias, McGrath's!
Como se ha convertido en un elemento básico de la comunidad, el Centro buscó una forma de pivotar para permitir que este programa continúe. Nos complace anunciar que dos veces por semana Grab & Go lunches will continue todos los martes y jueves de 11:30 a 13:00 horas gracias a Blount Fine Foods, que se han comprometido tan generosamente a financiar este programa. (¡Más sobre eso por venir!)
JUNIO TRAE AÚN MÁS PROGRAMACIÓN COMUNITARIA AL CENTRO
Ya parece que va a ser un verano increíble aquí en el Centro Comunitario de MLK, gracias al generoso apoyo de la comunidad que nos ha permitido expandir nuestras ofertas del Programa Comunitario. ¿Puedes creer que la próxima semana es la primera semana de junio? Muchos de estos programas se ofrecerán la próxima semana, así que marque su calendario ahora y regístrese hoy (¡para aquellos que requieren RSVP, claro!).
Produce to the People (formerly "Veggie Days"), the MLK Community Center's free produce distribution program, is hitting the road for the summer! We're kicking off Produce to the People on June 1st.
Todos los martes de 10 am a 1 pm (o hasta agotar existencias), Produce to the People se instalará en el área de Newport Heights, detrás del Florence Gray Center en Newport (W Evans St., entre Girard y Fahey). Los programas innovadores como este que abordan las necesidades de la comunidad, al tiempo que superan barreras como el transporte, son posibles gracias a generosos donantes y financiadores, en particular el Bank of America Hunger and Wellness Grant. ¡Gracias por empoderar a la comunidad, BofA!
¿No estás en el área de Newport Heights? No se preocupe, Produce to the People seguirá estando instalado en el MLK los jueves de 10 am a 1 pm también (o hasta agotar existencias). Ambas ubicaciones estarán bien surtidas con una amplia variedad de productos (muchos de ellos cultivados localmente), ¡así que simplemente asista al que esté más cerca de usted!
Pase con sus bolsas reutilizables para recibir frutas y verduras frescas y locales para usted y su familia, de forma totalmente gratuita. Por favor, tome solo lo suficiente para su hogar. Los miembros de la comunidad pueden asistir a la distribución de Produce to the People en MLK o Produce to the People: Newport Heights, pero no a ambos.