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07/09/18

Thank you Vynamic for Giving Back to the Community by Opening your Doors to our Students

Vynamic volunteer Kaylee Tully works with students to plan and build a structure from toothpicks and modeling clay.

Vynamic volunteer Kaylee Tully works with students to plan and build a structure from toothpicks and modeling clay.

Demonstrating its dedication to giving back to the community, Vynamic opened the doors of its Philadelphia office to welcome a class of School-Age Program (K-7th grade) students.  Vynamic volunteers hosted a tour of its modern workspace, including introducing students to ‘Rosie,’ Vynamic’s robot that, among its several roles, facilitates face-to-face video conferencing.

A student greets Vynamic’s Jen Burke, who is shown on the video screen of Rosie the Robot.

A student greets Vynamic’s Jen Burke, who is shown on the video screen of Rosie the Robot.

The field trip included an opportunity for students to work with Vynamic team members on an activity complementing the School-Age Program’s Project Based Learning (PBL) summer theme:  Building, Construction and Architecture.  Tapping their creativity and problem-solving skills, students erected structures using only toothpicks and magic clay.  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.

Embracing a ‘whole child’ approach, the School Age Program provides intensive literacy support; builds math, science, social studies, and computer knowledge; promotes conflict resolution and social emotional development; fosters creative expression, and offers healthy meals and physical activity. The School-Age Program today serves 145 children, including those whose circumstances — such as living in poverty and learning English— can undercut school success.

“We greatly appreciate that Vynamic continues to offer wonderful experiences to our students, including welcoming them into its unique work environment and engaging them in meaningful activities.  Low-income children are much less likely than their more affluent peers to have access to quality academic enrichment and Vynamic continues to help us enhance our program,” says Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village.

Children’s Village Board member and Vynamic team member, Jess Smith, organized the field trip through Vynamic’s spotlight program, Choose Your Own Community Adventure (CYOCA), which supports team members’ individual passions to engage with the Philadelphia and Boston communities.  Children’s Village has benefited from CYOCA for four consecutive years and is grateful to Jess Smith and the other 2018 CYOCA volunteers, including:
Kojo Marfo
Kaylee Tully
Jen Burke
Jacqui Kelly
Melissa Marsili

Learn more about Vynamic, Healthcare Industry Management Consultants, at www.vynamic.com
#CYOCA Scroll for more photos.Lead teacher Jamila encourages the children to explore new ways to build the structure.
Lead teacher Jamila encourages the children to explore new ways to build the structure.

Focused on their task, students working together to create the structure from toothpicks and modeling clay.

Focused on their task, students working together to create the structure from toothpicks and modeling clay.

Vynamic’s Kojo Marfo teams up with students to create a structure.

Vynamic’s Kojo Marfo teams up with students to create a structure.

Students listen as Vynamic’s Melissa Marsili describes the company’s use of color for business cards.

Students listen as Vynamic’s Melissa Marsili describes the company’s use of color for business cards.

Teacher Janette encourages students to experiment with the shape of the base for their structure.Teacher Janette encourages students to experiment with the shape of the base for their structure.

Vynamic team members surprised the students with ice cream sundaes.

Vynamic team members surprised the students with ice cream sundaes.

A dynamic Vynamic duo: Special thanks to (left) Children’s Village Board member, Jess Smith, for coordinating the field trip and Melissa Marsili for leading the tour.

A dynamic Vynamic duo: Special thanks to (left) Children’s Village Board member, Jess Smith, for coordinating the field trip and Melissa Marsili for leading the tour.

The exciting afternoon wrapped up with a group photo.

The exciting afternoon wrapped up with a group photo.

 

 
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