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ACLAMO Executive Director Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo has been meeting with faculty and administrators at Montgomery County Community College to find ways that ACLAMO students can be introduced to the many and varied educational and cultural programs offered by the college.
Future newsletters will contain articles describing the fruits of this discussion.
In January, 45 ACLAMO students were invited to the college’s Blue Bell campus to enjoy a performance of the musical “Junie B. Jones”, inspired by the series of novels by the same name. It was the first time many of the students had seen a high quality theatrical production.
ACLAMO Family Centers and The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College are gathering some of the best chefs in the region to prepare their specialty dishes for this event.
Guests will enjoy a wide variety of delicious food with each chef supplying a dish inspired by the Latino tradition. In addition, there will be an auction and music with a Latino rhythm.
Tickets are $100 and will be on sale soon. This event will be held in College Hall on the Blue Bell campus of Montgomery County Community College.
Seating will be limited, so plan to purchase tickets early. More details to come, but remember – May 1 is the date!!
Happily the answer was yes!
In 2016, Jenkintown High School Spanish teacher Richard Detwiler and his students continued their long tradition of organizing this event.
They provided four activity stations for making Valentine cards, for decorating cookies, for games and for making buttons. Background and dancing music rounded out an exciting event to be added to the children’s institutional memory!
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On August 15, 1914, the first ships moved through the Panama Canal. This spring a massive modernization and expansion of the Canal will be completed. The “Third Set of Locks Project” will double the waterway’s capacity, allowing passage by ships one and one-half times the size of vessels which have used the canal in the past.
The seaport at Philadelphia and those at other port cities along the East Coast have been preparing their facilities to accommodate the new traffic. This is of great practical interest to ACLAMO volunteer Robert Pace.
Pace recently retired after a long career with the U.S. Corps of Engineers during which he worked in Washington D.C., Germany and Tanzania on projects dealing with environmental issues in water supply, flood control, navigation and wetlands management. Today, he still serves as a consultant as preparations for the larger ships is underway.
In college and graduate school, Robert studied geology and has enjoyed presenting hands-on activities in geology to ACLAMO students. He spends at least one day a week helping students with reading and math in the after school program. He also has experience writing and has been a great help to Executive Director Nelly Jimenez as she formulates program proposals in preparation for grant applications.
Computer literacy is a vital part of education and ACLAMO’s 15 computers and eight laptops are in constant demand.
Younger students work on school assignments and educational games, while adults learn the basic applications they will need to compete in the workplace.
The important “Digital Connections” program also teaches adults and children how to safely use the internet to find information relating to education, employment and participation in civic life.
However classical jazz is only one facet of Romona Benson’s life. Her upbringing in New York City also gave her the opportunity to listen to her grandparents share stories of how they grew up in South Carolina and then moved to New York City in search of a better life. Her grandparent’s home became the focus for family members who followed them north. Romona often listened to her grandparents and her mother tell of the family’s struggles to overcome very difficult odds. This personal history imbued Romona with a deep commitment to strong family values, hard work, and standing up for basic human rights and fair treatment.
This commitment has guided Romona through over 25 years of executive leadership, including serving as Executive Director of the Multicultural Affairs Congress, Senior Director of Visitor Services and Community Relations of the New Jersey State Aquarium, President and CEO of the African American Museum and now leading a team managing corporate relations at PECO.
In that role, Romona and team member Tiffany Tavarez have provided ACLAMO’s Executive Director Nelly Jimenez and Board President Houghton Kane with important encouragement and support.