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August Weekly Newsletter 2

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As the summer comes to an end and a new school year approaches, Give Chances held an election to appoint our extra passionate and creative volunteers.  All of these positions require a great sense of responsibility as volunteers in these positions must devote a lot of their time and energy into the program. Most importantly, the volunteers who were appointed into these positions must have a strong passion for helping the community, specifically addressing educational disparities. All of our Chance Makers are always ready to be an ardent advocate for our mission of quality education for all. Even though they were appointed just last week, they have already showcased their steady passion by coming out with amazing ideas for fundraisers and promotions that will undoubtedly expand Give Chances and bring us a step closer to our ultimate mission. We can’t wait to celebrate our new Chance Makers at the Ceremony next week! We are so excited to see what our Chance Makers are capable of and we look forward to the bright future ahead! 

August Weekly Newsletter 1

As the new season approaches, there are so many exciting things to look forward to! Starting from September 20th, DDartist will be holding their annual art exhibition with this year’s theme being, “Into the World through Art.” DDartist works to provide disability support by providing art programs and jobs for artists with developmental disabilities. This year's exhibition will feature amazing artwork from our artists, Albert Kim, Alex Kim, Dasol Choi, and Eunsong Ham who have used their talents and hard work to create amazing pieces to showcase this year. “Into the World Through Art” will also feature the artwork of two guest artists, Yumi Hogan and Sunhee Jung to create a delightful and restorative experience together with DDartist. This incredible exhibition curated by Suechung Ko will have its artist reception on the day of the Love and Share Concert at 5pm. Admission is free so please be sure to experience this remarkable exhibition which will be located on 100 Glove St, Tenafly, NJ on the second floor of the community center! 

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Last Monday, our students got to experience a very special pottery class taught by ceramist instructor Karen Chun. Besides increasing artistic ability, creating art with clay is beneficial for mental health. Clay is mistake-friendly as it is incredibly flexible allowing “mistakes” to be fixed easily.  Thank you so much to Karen Chun for sharing her talents. Karen is currently teaching pottery classes at Clayground (61 Grand Ave, Englewood, NJ) Check out her Instagram (@clayground_pottery_studio) for more information!
Thank you to PAPERMADE™ for sponsoring an art class for our students! PAPERMADE™ wanted to share the magic of their products with our organization which is why they generously donated their products and other materials to give our students the experience of transforming flat paper into colorful 3D figures. Our students were mesmerized by the way that the flat paper sitting in front of them could become a 3D creation with some imagination. Thank you for giving them this amazing experience. Check out their wonderful products on their social media!
This year, Give Chances was met with many hardships. Just like the rest of the world, we were still dealing with covid and online tutoring, but the biggest hardship of all was being an after-school program and not having a place where we could interact with and enrich our students. However, thanks to the Presbyterian Church of New Jersey in Palisades Park, our volunteers and students were able to reunite for some amazing experiences. We were able to create the beautiful and special Summer Camp and we saw so many smiles this summer. We would like to thank our donors and the Presbyterian Church of New Jersey once again for making this possible! You made this season truly special!