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10/05/18

SEI: Thank you for Caring

Teachers and SEI volunteers pause for a group photo to display the ‘team’ artwork they created.

Students, teachers, and SEI volunteers share laughs and flash smiles during a group photo to display the ‘team’ artwork they created.

“What’s your super power?” SEI’s Marla Carson asks the students, who are gathered in the SEI conference room during their recent trip to SEI’s Oaks campus.  “Think about what you like to do and what your friends and family ask you to help them with,” Marla adds.  “I’m good at math,” responds a student. “I like to draw and paint,” and “I like to help my parents plan their shopping trips,” says others.  “Great!  We all have different skills, our own ‘super power.’  When we combine our ‘super powers,’ together we can solve problems and work in better and new ways,” Marla explains.  The Super Power exercise was one of an array of activities reflecting the afternoon’s themes of teamwork, talents, and innovation.

Tapping their creativity and problem-solving skills, students erected structures using only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. “Marshmallow Challenge” encouraged students to work together with SEI volunteers with an aim to build the tallest structure.  The teambuilding activity complemented the School-Age Program’s Project Based Learning (PBL) summer theme:  Building, Construction and Architecture.  Children’s Village’s PBL instructional approach encourages students to explore their interests and pursue inquiries that arouse curiosity through child-directed group projects.  This summer’s theme capitalizes on the renovations currently taking place at Children’s Village.

A student displays her painted hand before adding her hand print to the group painting.

A student displays her painted hand before adding her hand print to the group painting.

Students also created paintings as a group, with each student contributing one color to the canvas.  After a brief lesson on beekeeping, the children then rolled beeswax to make a candle.  They also enjoyed the SEI Family Center’s playground and participated in the creation of a video.  SEI treated the children to a pizza lunch. When the students returned to Children’s Village, they created thank you cards.

An annual event, the trip is among the many ways SEI continues to enhance learning for Children’s Village students.  This year, SEI also contributed much-needed supplies for craft projects in sewing, jewelry making, and wood working. SEI has also directed funds to Children’s Village through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program’s (EITC) Pre-K Scholarship Organization Program (internal link Children’s Village web page).  The Pre-K Scholarship Organization Program benefits Children’s Village’s preschoolers who face circumstances,  including learning English and living in poverty, that place them at risk of school failure.

SEI’s fundraising and volunteer activities are coordinated through SEI Cares, a grassroots, employee-run organization encouraging philanthropy. Children’s Village is honored to be a SEI Cares partner and appreciates the incredible efforts of Marla Carson, MS, Workforce Development.  Marla coordinated the trip and shared information about our programs with her SEI team.

“SEI is a caring friend of Children’s Village.  We appreciate SEI’s employees’ volunteer service and the extraordinary enrichment opportunity that SEI provides for our school-age students by welcoming them to their campus.  SEI’s financial contribution also ensures the doors to high-quality early learning at Children’s Village are open to all children.  In so many meaningful ways, SEI enhances the educational experience for children,” says Mary Graham, Children’s Village, Executive Director.

To learn more about SEI, visit www.SEIC.com

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During the Marshmallow Challenge, SEI’s Marla Carson works with students as they plan and build a structure from uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows.

During the Marshmallow Challenge, SEI’s Marla Carson works with students as they plan and build a structure from uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows.

A student focuses on creating a structure during the Marshmallow Challenge activity.

A student focuses on creating a structure during the Marshmallow Challenge activity.

Teacher Ha Nguyen (l) observes as the children create the hand print artwork with Marla Carson.

After teacher Ha Nguyen (l) helped the children paint their hands, the students created the hand print artwork with Marla Carson.

During video production, students enjoy SEI Family Center’s playground.

During video production, students enjoy SEI Family Center’s playground.

One of our student takes a moment to thank SEI volunteer Kameil Corbin.

SEI’s Amanda Morgan shared details on beekeeping, including the importance of wearing a beekeeper hood, which a student tries on for size.

A SEI team member explains how bees create a honey comb.

SEI’s Amanda Morgran explains how bees create a honey comb.

One of our student takes a moment to thank SEI volunteer Kameil Corbin.

One of our student takes a moment to thank SEI volunteer Kameil Corbin.

Marla Carson, who coordinated the trip, and her daughter, Maggie, hold some of the supplies that SEI donated to Children’s Village.

Marla Carson, who coordinated the trip, and her daughter, Maggie, hold some of the supplies that SEI donated to Children’s Village.

Students walk along the many paths through SEI’s Oaks corporate campus.

Students walk along the many paths through SEI’s Oaks corporate campus.

 
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