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Orbiting with Zebrafish

ACLAMO In Pottstown Goes Into Orbit

ACLAMO students, Orbit teachers and ACLAMO assistants pose behind the tablets and study books awarded during the program.

ACLAMO students, Orbit teachers and ACLAMO assistants pose behind the tablets and study books awarded during the program.

Orbit Software, Inc. and owners Sonia and George Mastros gave ACLAMO's Pottstown students a 2016 summer program which was truly out of this world.

Of the total 27 children in the program, 15 students from 3rd to 7th grades spent part of their days in the laboratory of Orbit Software. There they studied workbooks designed to take them through exercises in computer literacy and mathematics.

All students completed the program successfully and were awarded their own computer tablet and backpack by Orbit Software. The children too young for the Orbit program were taught at ACLAMO's Pottstown center.

Maricruz, Nelly and teachers from Orbit Software hand out graduation certificates.

Maricruz, Nelly and teachers from Orbit Software hand out graduation certificates.

Students provided flute and saxophone (right side of picture)  solos during the closing ceremony.

Students provided flute and saxophone (right side of picture) solos during the closing ceremony.

Maricruz Clemens, ACLAMO's Pottstown Site Coordinator, led the program, working under the direction of ACLAMO CEO Nelly Jimenez. Maricruz was assisted by coordinator Xochi Sykes, Youth Empowerment Program workers Ephrain and Malachi and volunteers Aby, Amanda, Ana and Isa.

Gwendolyn Solis presents thank you gifts.

Gwendolyn Solis presents thank you gifts.

Children water slide after the ceremony.

Children water slide after the ceremony.

Students began each day with 30 breakfasts provided under the Summer Food Service Program of the PA Department of Education. A total of 50 lunches were also provided daily, since mothers coming to pick up their children brought their younger children, who also qualified for lunch under the program.

Gwendolyn Solis, a mother of two children in the summer program, used her own money to purchase small thank you gifts for each of the workers. "I am so glad that my children got involved at ACLAMO this summer," Gwendolyn enthused. "It has been a great experience and I want my children to be involved at ACLAMO all year round."

ACLAMO Executive Director Jimenez expressed her appreciation to Orbit Software and to the other groups which partnered in this summer program: Pottstown Regional Public Library, Pottstown Parks and Recreation, Community Health and Dental Care, Althouse Arboretum, Hopewell Furnace and The Dow Chemical Company.

Citizens Bank Park Welcomes ACLAMO Students

newsletter-citizen-01Through his Chooch's Chocos program, Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz invites children from local Latino organizations to attend Phillies games.

Kenny Johnson, Phillies Coordiinator of Fan Development and Multicultural Outreach, has coordinated ACLAMO's participation in this program each summer since 2012.

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Kenny Johnson talks with students on way to ....

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... meet Carlos Ruiz

 

Zebrafish Swim Into the Summer Program at Morris Arboretum

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40 years ago, about the time ACLAMO was founded, scientists realized that zebrafish can be extremely helpful in learning about human development and human diseases.

When the zebrafish larva hatches, it is optically transparent for its first two weeks of development, which allows students to directly observe the changes taking place.


Thanks to the cooperation between BioEYES Philadelphia and Morris Arboretum, 4th through 9th grade students in ACLAMO's summer program were able to observe and sketch zebrafish at several stages of development, complete workbooks and listen to explanations of how cells and tissues are formed and how they can be repaired or replaced when damaged or lost.

 

 

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ADELANTE Summer Academy at Bryn Mawr College

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ACLAMO's ADELANTE Program and Bryn Mawr College welcomed 14 middle school students to the week long 2016 Summer Academy. The program was led by administrators and students from the Praxis and Community Partnership Programs LILAC/Civic Engagement and by members of the Bryn Mawr faculty.

Students participated in sessions on improving math skills, team building, conversations about immigration and diversity, making a budget, planning for high school and college, questions and answers about careers, swimming and, of course, ... pizza!

 

The Fruits of Their Hard Work

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ACLAMO's ADELANTE Program and Bryn Mawr College welcomed 14 middle school students to the week long 2016 Summer Academy. The program was led by administrators and students from the Praxis and Community Partnership Programs LILAC/Civic Engagement and by members of the Bryn Mawr faculty.

Students participated in sessions on improving math skills, team building, conversations about immigration and diversity, making a budget, planning for high school and college, questions and answers about careers, swimming and, of course, ... pizza!

 

A Passion For Educating About Finances

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Nelson Acevedo

Nelson Acevedo, community consultant and vice president in PNC's Community Development Banking team in Philadelphia, understands from personal experience the limitations of living without a clear understanding of how to use the banking system.

Arriving at age five with his family from Puerto Rico, Nelson lived on North Marshall Street, Philadelphia. He remembers his father taking his weekly pay check to a store to have it cashed and then paying his bills mostly in cash or with money orders.

"At that point, the banking system was a mystery to my family," Nelson smiles. "The idea that banks could be used to safely manage money was something not really considered. I am fortunate to work for a financial services firm like PNC that embraces and shares my passion for educating residents in the communities where we live and work in the wise handling of money and other basic life management skills."

In his current position, Acevedo finds the ideal outlet for this passion. By reviewing the many community development grant applications received by PNC, Nelson is at the forefront of the bank's local efforts to provide funds to community organizations with an established track record and commitment to community development. In addition, he serves on the boards of several social service agencies and occasionally even volunteers as an educator himself.

Nelson Acevedo first became acquainted with ACLAMO in the 1990s when Adamino Ortiz was executive director. "Adamino was great," Nelson recalls, "and ACLAMO's current executive director Nelly is also passionate about serving the Latino community."

Nelly Jimenez is equally impressed with Acevedo. "Nelson has been a great encouragement," she affirms. "He even participated in our After School, teaching a class on mathematics and money. If he wanted to do it, he could be a first rate middle school teacher!"

 

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