PS 2 Volume 2, Issue 2
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A Place for Kids Summer 2010
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111 Division Street A Place for Kids is an educational institution providing quality arts
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and cultural enrichment to support a child‛s opportunity to succeed
Website: aplaceforkidsny.org in future.
A Big Thank You to Our Generous Supporters!
Citibank for their $2000
children created donation.
Special points of As we celebrate our projects which and individualized Lego for their $3000 dona
interest: third year at PS 2, were donated to a tutoring to our tion.
we would like to charitable organi children.
Thank You to Laura B. Volger Founda
share some high zation. It is never Emma Lazarus tion for their $2,000 dona
Our Supporters lights with you: High School for
too soon to instill tion.
Interview with in our children the their paid interns . Global Bank for their $300
Thanks to these car spirit of volunteer Our Board’s
ing individuals, or ism. Happy Hour fund
Cheung , Former ganizations and NY Society for the raisers which
teacher, APFK board members: raised $4000 to
Prevention of Cru
Profile of PS 2’s principal, elty to Children wards our scholar
Brett Gustafson, for their “Safe ship fund.
Annabelle Tan, our summer chil Touches” puppet
dren benefited show to group 1
from New York and group 2’s chil
Cares volunteers . dren.
Books with the NYU’s Civic
theme of kindness Team volunteers
were read and as they provide
Director Annabelle Tan (left) and
personal attention Board Chair, Minerva Chin present
Thank You certificate to Global
Bank Vice President, Tony Moy
Individualized Reading with NYU Volunteers
Since 1989, A Place for Kids has enjoyed a close partnership
with New York University. The NYU volunteers gain valuable
community experience when they provide our children with
individualized reading and homework help.
Profile of our Director: Annabelle Tan
Annabelle Tan received her Master of Arts at Teachers College,
Columbia University. Ms. Tan grew up in a bilingual education “Both my daughters are in
environment, where English and Mandarin Chinese are the official APFK. Their grades
languages, spoken and written. She has over six years of experience have improved. The
in the education field, including teaching children from Asia and teachers are caring
New York City. She has mentored teachers in training, developed a and I feel good that they
visual arts program in a Singapore public school and implemented are being taken good care
interdisciplinary teaching and learning to ESL students in a private of when I’m at work.”
school. Ms. Tan has also taught and evaluated arts programs in
several private schools in New York City. She enjoys researching Mrs. Lau, Mother of
about the different pedagogical approaches to enhance children’s Kelly and Alvina Lau
learning and believes that providing children a multicultural
environment can broaden their world views and facilitate meaningful
learning. Ms. Tan’s goal is to provide immigrant children in New
York City opportunities to benefit from such multicultural environ
Cutting bananas for our granola dessert Showing off our dumplings
Chef Christopher Cheung and son,
Jeremy pose with Group 3
Interview with Christopher Cheung – Head Chef at Walle Restaurant, New York
Q: What is your relationship to long, just in the summer program your kids being well taken care
A Place for Kids? and then did some office work in of in a good program. My wife,
A: “Back in the summer of 1984, the afterschool program.” Laura, and I both work. I’m a
a lot of my friends and I were Q: What did you learn from chef working six days a week
just hanging out. I wanted to do working in the program? and twelve hours a day and my
something else. Instead of doing A: “Back then as a fifteen year wife, Laura, also works full time.
nothing and hanging out on Mott old I just looked at it as a job. It We look forward to seeing Jer
Street I decided to sign up to kept me busy, off the streets. I emy come home at the end of the
work in the Summer Youth Em had a good time and it was a day, healthy, happy and you
ployment Program. I was as very positive first job experi know that it was a good day for
signed to work for A Place for ence. It’s easy for kids to just be him. That’s what A Place for
Kids, but back then it was called hanging out. Kids need to be Kids did for those kids back then
Asian Children’s Underground.” doing something active and and has continued to do so for 39
Q: What do you remember about beneficial for themselves and for years. You’ve had a big chunk of
working at A Place for Kids? the community.” Chinatown going through the
A: “I remember I taught the kids Q: What would you like to share halls. You guys are doing some
English, took class trips, and about the program today? thing right.”
took them to the park everyday A: “I have a five year old son, Making dumplings
sometimes Cherry Street Park, Jeremy, and as a parent I under
Smith Projects’ Park, or Colum stand the importance of having
bus Park. I didn’t work for too
Thank You, Mc Graw-Hill!
This past holiday season was extra special.
Asian American Youth Center, Chinese Associa
tion of the City of New York and McGraw
Hill’s Asian Professionals for Excellence’s
hosted our holiday party. P.S.2’s auditorium was
filled with festive, fun interactive activities and
holiday songs. Joy and laughter filled the room
as our New York University volunteer, Shuan
Sim, entertained all with his unicycle balancing
act. We thank all the participating organizations
and volunteers for their hard work and especially
McGrawHill for their generous financial sup
port which made possible the delicious treats
and holiday presents. In attendance were PS. 2’s Principal, Brett
Gustafson and Councilwoman, Margaret Chin.
NYU volunteer, Shuan Sim on the unicycle
Chinese Workshops with Ekko Luo
Ekko Luo, a talented, eight year veteran Mandarin teacher came to us highly recom
mended. She researched, refined and developed her own unique approach that en
gaged and stimulated students. Her interactive approach excited our summer program
children. Mandarin was taught through storytelling, games and music at beginners
and intermediate level.
Chinese Workshops with NYU Volunteers
Mandarin language teacher, Ekko Luo with children
NYU volunteer, Enda Chen, a freshman at NYU from Shanghai
teaching our children Chinese characters through ink and brush
during the Fall semester.
Rose Li with students learning Chinese
Learning Chinese using the computer
Interview with our NYU intern, Charmaine Chua
Q: Why did you apply as an intern instead Q: What were the memorable experiences
of being a volunteer? that you will take away from APFK?
A: I believe that my strengths are in orga A: The most memorable experience for me
nizing people and activities, as the intern, I was hearing from the kids that they loved
was more able to shape how the volunteer the activities we planned for them. Also, it
experience could be like for other volun was always very heartening to see them
teers, while gaining amazing insight of open up to the volunteers.
how a non profit organization like A Place
for Kids works. Q: What would you take away from A
Place for Kids?
Q: What did you as an intern? A: Through A Place for Kids, I really felt
A: The intern duties listed were for me to that our contributions as volunteers and
Q: Why did you select APFK as your handle some administrative duties for the interns were really appreciated and helped
intern site? center, as well as to organize the volun to lighten the load that nonprofit organiza
A: “A Place For Kids” stood out on the teers. I also helped to plan Chinese activi tions feel.
NonProfit Organizations’ Description ties for the children such as calligraphy Also because APFK is smaller in scale,
list because it was looking for an intern classes taught by the volunteers. However, being an intern here gave me the opportu
with a background of working with most importantly, i think my main duty nity to try out admin tasks and activity
mandarinspeaking children and fami was to manage the NYU volunteers. development tasks that I would otherwise
lies. Having grown up with English and not have been exposed to at a larger or
Chinese as my first languages and hav Q: What did you learn at APFK? ganizations.
ing had experience teaching English to A: I learnt that it is important to shape the In sum, APFK is a really tight, close knit
nonenglish speaking Cambodian, Thai volunteering environment for the other community where teachers and assistant
land and immigrant New York children, volunteers, to make it a more enjoyable teachers share very good relationships with
I felt confident that this was a non experience where they not only contribute each other, with their student's parents and
profit organization that I had something but also gain support and insight from also with the director and the overall direc
substantial to offer to. other individuals. tor. It is like a big family, very warm and
welcoming to new comers as well. The
students are hardworking, respectful and
eager to learn, making them great joys to
AAYC Sponsors Banner to A Place for Kids
AAYC director, Paul Gong presents
Individualized Reading Program banner to APFK
Reading with Brooke Rocchino, NYU volunteer Discussing story with Michael Kosche, NYU volunteer
Boae Kim, Teachers College graduate, working
with kindergartener on pattern recognition
Our Senior Aides from the NYC Department for the Aging
Senior aides William Chow, QiHua Deng and JieFeng Li help
to serve New York State Children and Adult Care Food Program
supper to our children.
Multi-cultural Education during the Summer
Learning about Japanese tea
Making Taco Drumming on African drums
During the summer, we offer a multicultural curriculum that exposes the children to
the diverse cultures around the world. They learn about the different kinds of food,
music and clothing through literature, arts, field trips and cooking.