Celebrating the School Year

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Last Thursday evening, our Arts & Smarts program celebrated the many successes of the past school year during our End of the School Year Celebration. We celebrated the kids who improved their reading, who improved their math, who made great art, and who faithfully attended our programming. We celebrated the volunteers who, as part of […]

Very Important Artists

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Some artists dream of having their artwork on display in one of their city’s most important buildings. Some artists dream of creating a portrait of one of their city’s most important people. Some artists dream of having their artwork on display at one of their city’s most important art galleries. Two weeks ago, the young […]

A Good Start to the New Year

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Patchwork’s Arts & Smarts Children’s Program is just a few days into our spring semester, but already good things are happening. Our participants have begun some new art projects. For one, they are learning about radial geometry, color mixing, and graphic design by drawing a pattern using their initials and duplicating that pattern to create […]

The Season of Thankfulness

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Six of our current Arts & Smarts after school participants are second generation “Patchwork kids.” Their families know that they will be supported and cared for as individuals. Their families know this because they have experienced it themselves. We are part of their community. One man lives in a house near Patchwork. He’s very tall […]

What’s Your Spark?

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We spend a lot of time talking about sparks in the Arts & Smarts after school program. Our adult volunteers and staff have shared them. Then the children have added their own. No, it’s nothing dangerous. Sparks are actually something that helps kids succeed in life! It’s all based on research that comes from The […]

Arts & Smarts, Fall 2018 Edition

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Patchwork’s Arts & Smarts program began its fall semester this week, and what a good week it’s been. We’re seeing some familiar faces and some new ones among both our participants and our volunteers. We’ve marveled at how much some of our returning participants have grown over the summer. We’ve introduced ourselves to new children and […]

Back to School

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Tuesday afternoon I got a report of a school supply explosion at Patchwork Central. Everything was OK, though. It was all in good fun. The report came from someone who had volunteered as a “Bagger” to help prepare for Patchwork’s 22nd annual Back to School Sale. The group had moved a mountain of boxes and […]

More than Bikes and Dance

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Jane Vickers stood in Patchwork’s kitchen cutting fresh fruit for the day’s snack and watching the group of kids and adults moving together to the music of a Hawaiian song. “There’s a lot more than dance going on out there,” she reflected. “And more than just bikes last week.” She’s right. Yes, there is a […]