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Summerhill Newsletter March 2010

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Summerhill Newsletter March 2010

  1. 1. Summerhill Community Ministries SERVING INNER-CITY YOUTH & FAMILIES IN Newsletter ~ March 2010 THE DOWNTOWN ATLANTA AREA Congratulations - First Semester Honor Students! We are so proud of you! Principals List: Perfect Attendance: Joshua, Jermaine, Niqua, & Janaiah. Myleondre, Dre'Leon, Donta, Joshua, Niqua, Jermaine & Casey Reading This school year we have really put a lot of emphasis on reading. We want our kids starting Middle School reading “on grade level”. Our volunteers have been reading with the After School Program kids year after year. Sally Doster, one of our faithful volunteers for over 7 years now, asked a question one Thursday, “Who wants to read?!” I A/B Honor Roll: heard several little voices say at Myleondre, Donta, Malika, Nushar, & Gemeka one time, “I do! I do!” They raced to the bookshelf to pick out books and sat on the floor, ready to read to Ms. Sally. This year, middle and high school students have also taken on the challenge to read with our lower grade level kids. Please pray for the students as they prepare for the CRCT testing, which will require lots of reading.
  2. 2. March 2010 ~ Page 2 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Special Moments Tyquantis, Christian and Niqua hold up sheet music, so that Ms. Sally can read the words also, and sing “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord” (A song they sing during our Monday worship time with Ms. Anna). Working in a class room next door with 10 high school and middle school students, we hear the little voices preciously singing this worship song and everyone stops to listen in amazement at how sincere and sweet these voices were. It was a priceless moment. Ms Marcia came to us through a wonderful organization called The Cake Angel Prayer Requests Operation Front Line. After the six week cooking class ended, we realized how much Ms. Marcia Tykyia is a 9 year old girl who has had bonded with quite a few of been a part of our afterschool our kids and she continued to program and summer day camp for hang out with us. We pretty much the past 4 years. She has suffered adopted her as our community with migraine headaches for a grandmother. She graciously couple of years now. This school bakes homemade cakes for our year, we have had to take her home monthly birthday celebrations. several days because the She takes the requests of the headaches were so unbearable. children for birthday cake Most children medications did not themes. This month, was give her relief. She was finally “SpongeBob.” Jamario, a 10 year diagnosed with migraines. Lately old boy in our ASP yells out, “that the headaches have been severe. lady sho can bake cakes!!” After an MRI and other tests were another child says, “They tastes done, her mother was told that good too!” She is now called “The Tykyia has fluid on her brain. Cake Angel” of Summerhill. Surgery is planned for mid April. Mom is understandably afraid for this type of surgery for her daughter. We are asking for special prayers. Pray for Justina’s husband (Emanuel), as he has agreed to enter a rehab program. Our “Old Faithful” blue van is on its last leg. Please pray that it will make it through the summer. We are also praying for another new or used van for the future. Our kids look forward to the first Thursday in each month, because that is when the McColgan & Company will bring them a sack full of goodies for snack time. Mike Hunter, owner of McColgan & Company, and his staff have helped in the past during Christmas season. This year they have come and spent even more time with the Summerhill kids. They not only bring a hardy snack, but they tutor, read and play with the kids. It's always a treat to see them enter the doors. The kids usually welcome them with a huge hurray! P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •
  3. 3. March 2010 ~ Page 3 Middle School Girls Teen Talk Sponsor a Child/Job Trainer/Camp Teacher for Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. - Camp 2010 One day in the after school program, the boys decided to go With summer quickly approaching, to receive Christ into their lives. Please outside to play basketball for children in Summerhill, Peoplestown, consider giving a special gift to one of their free time. The middle Mechanicsville, and Grant Park will be our urban youth this summer by school girls chose to stay inside in need of constructive activities. With sponsoring them for camp. and started a conversation with your help these children can participate in SCM’s Inc. Summer While we ask the parents to contribute Justina about a girl in the school Camp. $25.00 to send their child to camp, the who tried to commit suicide. actual cost is $390.00 per child for the Our camp is a quality, God centered seven weeks. You can sponsor a child This was a person they were fairly camp where the young people can for one week for $65.00, for the whole close to. Tearfully, they shared learn the Bible, receive love and summer for $390.00, or with any how she had sent a picture of encouragement from staff and caring amount you wish to give. herself to her boyfriend. He sent volunteers, and participate in enrichment activities and trips. In the Volunteers are also needed to provide it to his friends and it quickly past years, many children have prayed meals, snacks, chaperone trips, and passed like wildfire to almost teach enrichment activities. everyone in the school and on to several other schools. The backlash was so devastating that ____ YES, I want to volunteer this summer ____________________________________ she felt she could not bear it. She (area of interest) unsuccessfully, tried to kill herself Name _____________________________________________________________________ by cutting her wrists. Address: __________________________________________________________________ We all know this terrible growing trend as “sexting.” It is going on City: ________________________ State: __________ Zip: _________________ among all age groups more than Phone: ____________________________ _____ YES, please mail me the newsletter we can imagine! Justina went on to tell these girls to love and _____ YES, save postage and EMAIL the newsletter to me at: protect themselves enough not to Email: ____________________________________________________________ ever take inappropriate pictures of themselves and send them to ANYONE. Let’s pray for our kids _____ Yes, I want to sponsor a Child/Job Trainer/Camp Teacher for Camp! and our parents that they will openly talk to their kids about this ____ $ 65.00 One Week ____ $1,850.00 Job Trainer dangerous, growing problem. ____ $ 390.00 All Summer ____ $2,250.00 Camp Teacher * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ____ $ ___________________ Other This conversation led to one of the Checks should be made out to “Summerhill Community Ministries” with girls, age 12, sharing an incident “Summer Camp” specified in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible that happened to her. She was raped by a family member. She told her mother and the situation was dealt with, but naturally she is still going through some psychological issues. She has Please consider a camp sponsorship. been diagnosed with being bipolar. She expressed that she As of the printing of this newsletter doesn’t want to be on medication for the rest of her life or live a promiscuous life. Please pray for we have $0 for summer camp. her. P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •
  4. 4. March 2010 ~ Page 4 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Snaps of Special Moments Wrapping presents that the kids have earned by doing chores at home and Ms Marcia treats kids to serving in their community. A BIG Thanks to all of our Christmas Sponsors! Universoul Circus Anna, Taniya and Joshua read clues as they Laura, from Desire Street Ministries, search to find the Pot of Gold Alexis and Christain, find the Pot of Gold! Annual Easter egg decorating Creating Valentine ginger bread houses P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •