Blog: 25 November 2013

Monday, November 25

Fall at Camp Spirit is always full of great trips and opportunities to hang out with the other UrbanPromise afterschool programs. Between pumpkin carving, hay rides with Camp Joy at Johnson’s Corner Farm, and getting scared silly with Camp Freedom at the Eastern State Penitentiary, there’s barely been time for our regular program! Of course, our visit to Hershey Park is always a highlight. 

Our interns have been amazing! Our newest (to UrbanPromise) intern, Jailene, has done a great job getting on board with all our different activities—she even made it through her first all-nighter!

We've been really blessed to have Mark on staff for the first part of the year—he endured endless games of manhunt during camp night— so we were sad to see him leave us. The good news is that he’s now working full time in our UrbanTrekker Program, and his leaving means that we get to welcome Cat to our staff!

Our bible focus so far has been on the fruits of the spirit from Galatians. Last week, our youth were challenged to perform some random acts of kindness … hopefully, there’ll be some stories to share about that soon.

There have been a few challenges so far this year. Renovation work is underway on the Spirit building, so camp has been relocated. We’re so grateful to the CamdenForward School for sharing their space with us over the summer and during the school year. It has been a lot of fun to be there, though we are all looking forward to getting “home” in 2014.

Finally, we are so excited about our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, when all of our families can gather together and enjoy a meal. It really does feel like one big family celebration!

Monday, November 25

SJ Boys Read! collected over 1,400 books through their annual book drive in October. UrbanPromise Academy high school English teacher, Hillary Jones, was thrilled to the point of jumping up and down with excitement to be able to fill her classroom library with new selections for her students.

Ms. Jones said that she normally has 20 books checked out of the classroom library at a time. With the flood of new titles, she has an unprecedented 70 books checked out this week!

All of the staff and students of UrbanPromise would like to extend a sincere thank you to SJ Boys Read! and all those who donated books! We are grateful for your hard work and dedication to promote reading among your peers.


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