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Your Newsletter from Peter Paul Development Center

Parents See Results

"Peter Paul Development Center is a true blessing." I want to express how thankful I am to have Sincere be a part of Peter Paul Development Center. My son has learned and grown a lot since starting here. I am so grateful for all of the Peter Paul staff and the extra program, swimming and trips. Peter Paul Development Center is a true blessing. Special thanks to Mr. Robinson, Sincere's bus driver. Thank you all for your hard work.

Powerful Partnerships--Bon Secours & YMCA

YMCA Provides Swimming, Tennis, Dance & Much More!

Though childhood obesity, heart disease, and related health issues are off the charts in our neighborhood, the East End school experience provides few opportunities for physical education. Our partnership with the YMCA is making great strides to conquer this critical need. The YMCA generously provides services of Sports Director, Dionne Wheeler, who arranges for our youth to participate in swimming at the YMCA and Poseidon. While the initial thought of swimming intimidated many, this year-round activity is now our most popular sports offering. Dionne also introduced Double-Dutch jump rope, martial arts, tennis (through VCU's Lobs & Lessons Program), African dance, step routines, and a variety of activities that keep our youth moving! Many thanks to the YMCA for making an incredible difference for our youth.

Idriss (Sincere's mom)

Proud Parent · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Bon Secours Plants Our Garden & Promotes Healthy Nutrition!

Peter Paul is honored to be in partnership with Bon Secours, the East End's largest employer, and one who cares deeply about healthy lifestyles. Peter Paul's beautiful garden grows because of enthusiastic employees from Bon Secours. They volunteered their time to create our green space, complete with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Peter Paul children dig in the dirt, set plants, and create garden labels, all while discovering the joy of fresh earth and worms. Our youth tend the garden--watering, weeding, and harvesting. Bon Secours also provides a nutritionist, Rachael Clayton, who teaches our youth how to prepare the foods they grow--stretching far beyond mere talk about eating! Rachael engages the youth in preparing healthy meals, and the sampling is the best part! Thank you Bon Secours for the significant difference you make at Peter Paul Development Center.

Peter Paul Wish List

Office Max or Staples gift cards to buy printers and computers Give One/Get One computers through Amazon.com New bus (or buses!) Sporting goods gift cards New art supplies Mixing bowls Plastic storage containers Large baking sheets Muffin tins Electric hand mixer Electric carving knife Serving utensils Your Time - Call PPDC to volunteer your time. (804) 780-1195

Fall 2009

Peter Paul Children

Stepping Up Their Game through Your Gifts

Why Should You Invest in East End Children?

While stock markets rise and fall, your Peter Paul investment yields solid returns -- returns like drug free kids, rising grades, and aspirations for college.

Your Investment is Recognizing Special Working -- Tests Show Achievements PPDC children continue to step up Clear Skill Growth

With your donations, we target programs to needs. Results are very encouraging. their game. We are so proud!

Congratulations 6th and 7th graders, John Matthews, Steph'fon Mann, and Zach Logan. Mrs. Snead, a volunteer, led them in a study of The Lightening Thief, discussing the book and Greek mythology. Way to go, Dominic Hayes, whose SOL practice scores rose 20 points. Our students' positive behavior is on the rise. Each week, they earn behavior points, exchange points for Peter Paul Bucks, and spend bucks at the store. The following children consistently earn high points. Devin Baptist Elizabeth McGee Taylor Brown KeShaun Smoot Trequan Christian Dwaneesha Terry Isaiah Hardy Rahkim Tharrington Damon Hayes Ramone Thomas Demetrice Hill Rodney Valentine Lorin Johnson Joneek Walker Emerald Jordon Chantell White Zachary Logan Kia White Steph'fon Mann Ti'Onica Williams John Matthews Mikyah Henderson

During all economic times, people are your best investment! Peter Paul supporters invest in the most valuable asset -- human capacity. Our kids are working hard, and results show strong academic progress. Please read Sue Houdyshell's article about their skill gains indicated by the Brigance Inventory of Basic Skills. What we do at Peter Paul works! Your investment in human capacity multiplies each time a child: · begins reading at grade level, · stays off drugs and in school, · earns an Honor Roll status, · turns a "C" into an "A," or · earns college acceptance. For your highest returns, invest in human potential. This year, a Peter Paul youth returned, not as an enrollee, but as a summer employee. Caronda Bond earned her associate degree from Essex Community College in New Jersey and attends Radford University. Caronda exemplifies why we do, what we do! As stewards of your gifts, we are closing offices on Fridays. We will offer special youth events. Thanks to all who funded a child's camp experience. We sent 15 children to ShrineMont. Thanks to our partnership with the Greater Richmond YMCA, we sent 30 youth to Camp Thunderbird. Gratefully,

Peter Paul children are seeing great results form their hard work. Last school year, our teachers used the Brigance Inventory Basic Skills to test math and reading skills. The early year pretest helped teachers focus on the right areas. The post test showed significant gains.

Grade 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th

Average Skill Gain Remained the same 1 year 1 ½ years. 8 months 8 months Remained the same

Many thanks to the great staff and volunteers who helped.

Sue Houdyshell,

Director of Education

Rev. Lynne. E. Washington,

Executive Director

"While stock markets rise and fall, your investment in Peter Paul yields solid returns -- returns like staying off drugs, grades rising from C's to A's, and aspirations to go to college."

Rev. Lynne E. Washington

Volunteers & Staff

Heroes among us

Peter Paul Seniors

Making a difference for our senior neighbors

Nellie Appleby Mentors Children to Make Our Garden Grow

Seniors on the Go

Nellie Appleby comes to Peter Paul through our partnership with Tricycle Gardens, an organization that fosters bountiful community gardens. The Peter Paul garden, launched through our partnership with Bon Secours, flourishes with the work of student gardeners under Nellie's mentorship and a host of volunteers and staff. After planting, watering, and weeding, they harvest and enjoy the fruits of their labor. In spring, our youth grew and ate lettuce, spinach, sweet peas, snow peas, and their favorite, broccoli! Summer fare produced beans, cucumbers, beets, and tomatoes. Flowers added beauty and pollinators. As our garden grows, our children grow. At first, some hesitated, worrying about worms and insects. In time, Nellie's visits, the lure of the dirt, and seeing seeds yield to sprouts then to fruits and vegetables, captivated the children's interest. Nellie and our children added two garden beds, a picnic table, and a spigot. Thanks to your donations, we look forward to a shed, a deck, and more beds.

Your gifts allow us to transport our seniors, serve hot meals, and plan fun and rewarding activities.

Your gifts make a difference through our Senior Citizen Program. Our seniors, many who are home bound and live alone, have great fun socializing, dining, and participating in activities planned by Claudia Johnson, who coordinates this vibrant program. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Claudia cooks a tasty hot lunch for 20 plus seniors. Without our Seniors Program, many Tuesdays feature of our smiling seniors would be a worship service; home bound and alone. Your gifts and on Thursdays, make a difference in their lives. they take trips, play games, and socialize. We can hardly wait to see how they take to the upcoming Cha Cha dance classes. Twice a month, our seniors join Claudia at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to distribute food to Church Hill residents; and once a month, they shop for groceries. Special activities include three special lunches a year (the next one for Thanksgiving), and a lively Christmas party. We sincerely thank all of our donors for allowing us to add quality to the lives of our senior neighbors.

Nellie wants to thank -Nellie Appleby teachers, staff, students, volunteers, and donors for making the garden a success. We want to express sincere thanks to Nellie for the love she shares with our children, and for making a huge difference at Peter Paul.

"We cultivated and ate succulent lettuces and spinach for salads, sweet peas, snow peas, and the students' favorite, broccoli!"

Noel Einolf is Guiding our Youth to New Heights

Noel is amongst the heroes who walk our halls.

When Noel Einolf called to volunteer, we had no inkling he would bring such a wealth of experience and energy. With a PhD in chemistry and over 25 years experience as a chemist with Phillip Morris, he has much to offer our children. Noel is also one of three coaches for the Lego Leagueour team of 10 kids who work together to build a Lego robot. In September, the Lego League will meet twice a weekto prepare for a robotics competition with teams across the metropolitan area. Sometimes, Noel uses his hobby of building and flying remote control airplanes as a fun way to teach. We are tremendously thankful to Noel for giving generously of his time and talents. He is amongst the great heroes who walk the halls of Peter Paul every day.

Did You Know?

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A few reasons why Peter Paul is crucial to East End children ...

Youth Profoundly Moved by Visit to Peter Paul

"It made me see a whole new world."

Peter Paul serves 110 children from four of Richmond's largest public housing communities. The average income in the public housing communities we serve is $9,981. Peter Paul provides transportation from school to the Center and home again. Everyday. Peter Paul gets educational software at a huge discount from TechSoup, the non-profit technology center. Through Peter Paul's extraordinary partnership with the YMCA, we have a Sports Director whose salary is paid by the YMCA.

A visit to Peter Paul had a profound impact on a wonderful group of young people from St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Here's what they said:

"Where we live, what we have, the people we have to share it with, we really don't think about how much we need to cherish this." "A black tee shirt means a friend or family member has died due to gangs. ... I was sad to see how many people died due to gangs." "When I get home I am going to thank my parents for everything they do, and whenever I am being treated `amazing' I am going to think about the kids at Peter Paul."

30th Anniversary Event

Peter Paul Development Center

1719 North 22nd Street Richmond, VA 23220 www.peterpauldevcenter.org

January 21, 2010

Save the Date

Board Members

Ronald Carey, Jr., Chairman The Rev. Dr. David T. Anderson Marquis Burnett Mrs. Carol Dickinson The Rev. Susan E. Eaves Mark D. Franko Mrs. Anne Hines Mrs. Tracey Jeter Craig Alan Johnson Dwight Jones Christopher J. Moore Watson Seaman The Rev. Haywood Spangler, Ph.D. Alexander H. Slaughter Mrs. Vanessa Allen Sutherland Mrs. Kelly Tattersall Charles W. Tilley Peter Thornton Wilbanks, Sr. Mrs. Heyden Wittman The Right Reverend David C. Jones, Ex Officio The Rev. Lynne E. Washington, Executive Director

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