June 1, 2010 |

Another successful afterschool program for Brashear

Area students in the Brashear Association\'s After School Enrichment Programs completed their “terms” recently. The students participated in a variety of after school activities including varied artistic mediums, music and science.

The Brashear Association has completed its After School Enrichment Programs for the 2009-2010 school year at Phillips Elementary, Grandview Elementary, and Philip Murray ALA.

Approximately 30 students at Phillips Elementary in grades 3-5 participated in the New Artist program. The program was held on Mondays from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m. Under the instruction and guidance of Americorps member Chris Mucci, students were able to learn about artistic technique and experiment with various mediums.

The Brashear Association partnered with the Pittsburgh Opera to provide students from Phillips Elementary with the opportunity to learn more about opera through the Opera Connections program. Students and adult family members attended a pre-performance educational workshop before each opera. Throughout the year, about 30 students and their families attended one of the many operas shown at the Benedum Center. Staff from the Brashear Association and students from Phillips Elementary attended Eugene Onegin, Carmen, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Continuing a strong partnership between the Brashear Association and Grandview Elementary, an after school enrichment program was held in Allentown for students in grades 1-5. About 20 students attended the program, which was held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:40 to 5 p.m. at Hilltop United Methodist Church. Students participated in enrichment activities including science labs, art projects and culture lessons. Homework assistance was also available from tutors from Duquesne University.

At Philip Murray ALA, the Brashear Association partnered with Wireless Neighborhoods to provide an innovative and rigorous program for students in Kindergarten, first and second grades. Under the consistent leadership of Lenny Hotkowski, Americorps volunteer, the program ran from Monday to Friday and focused on reading, math and small group tutoring. This program was designed to increase student confidence, improve classroom performance, and increase test scores.

Strong community partnerships with the principals, faculty, and staff of Phillips Elementary, Grandview Elementary, and Philip Murray ALA as well as the continued support of parents and community members contributed to the great success of the 2009-2010 education department programs. Information and details about summer programming will follow soon.

Those who would like further information about any of the educational programs offered by The Brashear Association, should contact Mari Dumbaugh, education coordinator, at 412-431-2236 or mdumbaugh@brashear association.org.

The Brashear Association is a United Way agency, contributor choice 063.

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