The fourth annual festival sponsors include DeKalb Habitat for Humanity, Clarkston Library, Refugee Family Literacy Project, Clarkston Community Center, DeKalb County, and over 15 other organizations and groups. The event was funded this year with a grant from Rubbermaid, New American Pathways, and CDF Action.
Clarkston Early Learning Network honored Sondra Warren, Clarkston Library Branch Manager, at their monthly meeting yesterday. She will be leaving her post at the Clarkston Library for a new endeavor in Chamblee.
Sondra has been a leading advocate for diversity and youth programming at the library, bringing literacy programs to early learning centers and programs, as well as innovative activities to the Clarkston library branch.
She is one of the coordinators of the annual Clarkston Tell Me a Story! Festival held this past May which had over 250 in attendance.
We at CDF will miss Sondra’s leadership in Clarkston, but know that her position at the Chamblee library will allow her to use her creativity and dedication to support that community as much as she has supported ours!
We greatly enjoyed the Indian Creek Elementary School Mural Project, a tree painting which included words in many languages to describe the school’s values.
The idea for the project came from families, students, and teachers who prioritized 40 words. These words formed the trunk of the tree in the mural, words like: learning, fun, do your best, quality, feliz (happy in Spanish), and namaste (welcome in Nepali).
Clarkston artist Shannon Willow partnered with art teacher, Zully Conde, and her Indian Creek Elementary School classes to design and paint the tree which welcomes visitors at the entrance of the school.
We thank Dr. Nycamp, Instructional Coach, and Dr. Campbell, Principal, for their support and leadership, and to those who attended the ceremony to “unveil” the mural, including City Commissioners Beverly Burk and Dean Moore. And a big “Thanks” to Ms. Burk for these wonderful photos!
The mural project was one of several selected by participants who participated in the I am a Leader workshop, sponsored by CDF Action and the Somali American Community Center, and funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Symphony in Your Neighborhood, a partnership between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and DeKalb County Public Library will take place at the Clarkston Community Center. Attendees will enjoy chamber music performances provided by Atlanta Symphony musicians.
This performance is geared towards families, so please bring your children! The musicians understand that the little ones won’t sit quietly for the entire concert. Come and enjoy!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:00 PM—8:30 PM
Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston, GA 30021
Age Group: Family (All Ages)
Please join the Somali American Community Center in honoring all of the 2016 Graduates! Their family and friends along with the Clarkston community will be happily celebrating these graduates at the annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 29th at 6pm at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center.
We are extremely proud of these youth and their success and wish them well as they embark upon their next journey!
Please Save the Date for the 4th Annual Tell Me a Story! Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Clarkston Community Center. If you are interested in volunteering at this festival or helping in other capacities, please call CDF at (404)736-6602.
We encourage you to share this Save The Date flyer with your network! We look forward to seeing you on May 21st!
Check out some pics from past Tell Me a Story Events below!
Come help us celebrate the Clarkston Oaks READY School turning one year old! We will gather together on Friday, May 6th from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Clarkston Oaks Apartments for a short program, recognitions and a time for conversation and refreshments. We hope to see you there!
Please mark your calendars for this great event at Georgia Piedmont Technical College- Conference Room- on Thursday 6/30/16 from 8:30am-3:00pm. The New Americans Symposium will discuss ways in which we can strengthen communities by welcoming all residents and is an initiative of: CDF: A Collection Action Initiative, Interfaith’s Children’s Movement (ICM), Ser Familia, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), The Asian Pacific American Historical Society (APAHS) and YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Thank you to each and every one of you who attended our Spring Open House celebrating our partnership with the Somali American Community Center! Over 80 guests attended the event on March 31st and learned about the activities of both of our organizations and ways we are partnering. We were pleased to welcome residents who read about the event and wanted to learn more about what CDF and the Somali American Community Center do in the community. We were also please to greet local Clarkston families, city council members, as well as long time friends and colleagues.
All guests enjoyed fruit, veggies and dip, samosas, hummus, desserts made by an Iraqi friend, and, most importantly, socializing with one another! Below are some pics highlighting the event!