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PHA Features Khadijah Johnson’s artwork on holiday card

By Haywood Brewster Staff Reporteer


WEEKLYPRESS.COMUCREVIEW.COM • DECEMBER 29, 2014 5 the holiday season.”

he Philadelphia Hous- ing Authority’s 2014 holiday card features original artwork from a young resident who won the agency’s “What My Home Means to Me” youth poster contest this past summer. Participants were asked to submit a work of art showing their home and write a short narrative describing the inspiration, vision, and importance of their design.

Khadijah Johnson, a

10-year-old who lives at Blumberg Apartments in North Philadelphia, won fi rst place and a gift card valued at $50 for her poster design. In her brief essay, Khadijah wrote a descrip- tion of the love and family at her home.

Photo of holiday card designed by Khadijah Johnson for the PHA contest

Student Group at Penn delivers on-site science to local children

“My home is about loving each other, caring about each other and having fun, being there for

an impact.

“By getting out into these schools and getting to know the children, their daily lives and the things they care about, I feel much more a member of the West Philadelphia community,” Scarfone says. “I love teach- ing and I love kids, so volunteering with PSAA is perfect. In addition, bring- ing science to a school that has little outside of what we provide is incredibly worth- while.”

But, there are many dif-

ferent reasons among the PSAA Fellows for volunteer- ing.

By Jill Di Santo Special to the Press/Review


niversity of Pennsyl- vania senior Steve Scarfone and junior

Jeff rey Ng are part of a lo- cal community-engagement project that mixes volunteer- ing and increasing access to learning through Penn Sci- ence Across Ages. A student-run organi-

zation, PSAA has been im- proving science education in West Philadelphia since 2008. The program teaches Penn students about inqui- ry-based teaching methods. Then, as PSAA Fellows, they prepare and deliver sci- ence lessons to youngsters

at nearby schools. Whether it’s at Henry C. Lea Elementary, the Science Leadership Acad- emy or on Saturdays with classes for Upward Bound Math and Science, nearly 100 PSAA Fellows engage students with hands-on activities and interactive learning.

During the day at Lea,

PSAA Fellows like Scar- fone and Ng lead weekly classes using science kits to encourage learning by do- ing. The topics range from magnetism to electricity and from plant growth to pho- tosynthesis, matching the standards and content areas specifi ed by the School

District of Philadelphia. Scarfone, from Voorhees, N.J., has been involved with PSAA for more than three years. A biophysics major at the School of Arts & Sci- ences, he’s a fellow with the Lea day school program and an outgoing co-president of PSAA.

“The program has changed a great deal since I was a freshman,” Scar- fone says. “The sense of accomplishment I get from continuing to help it func- tion, grow and evolve is like a return on that invested time.”

He says another perk is immersing himself in the neighborhood while making

Ng, from Abington, Pa., an engineering major in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is the PSAA president. As a section leader for the day- time program at Lea, he sees teaching science to kinder- garteners as a stress reliever. “Going to Lea to teach science is something I look forward to every week,” he says.

Ng, who mentored stu- dents on his high school’s robotics team, says PSAA gives Penn students an understanding of the chal- lenges children face due to of a lack of resources. But it also gives Penn students the ability to make a tangible impact. “Without us, the children wouldn’t have much science education,” Ng says. “PSAA allows me to volunteer in science education, which is what I enjoy doing the most.”

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one another, and always respecting each other. My home is very pretty, very comfortable, an enjoyable, pleasant place to grow with my family.”

“I want to thank Khadi- jah and all of the other par- ticipants for sharing their talent and creativity with us,” said PHA President & CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “Her work really captures the importance of family and having a safe, loving home. This card represents what PHA strives to do for our residents every day and is an excellent reminder of what truly matters during

The winners of the post- er contest were announced at the PHA Back to School Jam in August. Second place went to Julius Hall, a 10-year-old from Norris Apartments, and the third place winner was Jarmal Arthur, an 11-year-old from Paschall Village.

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