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09/06/19

Thank you Vynamic for Demonstrating a Commitment to the Community by Volunteering with our Students

Children’s Village School-Age students and Vynamic volunteers teamed up for pom-pom relay races held in Vynamic’s community room. Children’s Village School-Age students and Vynamic volunteers teamed up for pom-pom relay races held in Vynamic’s community room.

“You can do it!” cheered the Children’s Village student as her teammate, a Vynamic volunteer, blew into a straw to finesse a pompom ball along the zig zag lane of the ‘race track.’  Across the room, another student encouraged his racing partner, “You got this!”  Such scenes played out repeatedly on July 26 as Vynamic transformed its community room into a sports venue: 21 students (age 9-10) and 15 Vynamic volunteers gathered for a rousing afternoon of pom-pom relay racing.  The simple game offered an extraordinary enrichment opportunity.

Students focus on different techniques during practice. Students focus on different techniques during practice.

Complementing the School-Age Program’s Project Based Learning (PBL) summer theme, Sports from Around the World, the relays paired students with Vynamic employees.  Together, teammates reviewed game rules, tested techniques, and chose team names.  The lively elimination-round series culminated in a ‘Final Four’ competition to crown the overall winner.

Children’s Village’s PBL instructional approach encourages students to explore their interests, using group projects directed by the children.  This summer, students are learning the origins, cultural influences, and pioneers of several of their favorite sports.  Journaling, read alouds, skill building, indoor game playing, and outdoor activities are embedded in the classroom lessons.  “The Sports theme highlights teamwork, confidence, humility, resilience, integrity, motivation, and commitment,” says teacher Jamila Manley.  “At Vynamic, students drew upon what they have been discussing in the classroom, encouraging their teammates and cheerfully rooting former competitors as teams advanced,” adds Jamila.Vynamic volunteer Vince Annerhead-Harris poses with his teammate. Vince attended Children’s Village Preschool Program.Vynamic volunteer Vince Annerhead-Harris poses with his teammate. Vince attended Children’s Village Preschool Program.
After the competition, Vynamic treated the children to ice cream sundaes.  “Students also saw Vynamic’s innovative offices, with treadmill desks and open floor plans.  It is so important for our students to experience workplace environments, which opens their eyes to different professions and allows them to interact with employees,” says Jamila.  “While the children truly enjoyed the competition, the afternoon was especially meaningful because one of the Vynamic volunteers, Vince Annerhead-Harris, had attended Children’s Village’s Preschool Program.  It reinforces for our students that ‘someday I could work here, too,’” says Jamila.

Children’s Village’s year round 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 166 children, including those whose circumstances — such as living in poverty and learning English— can undercut school success.

“Vynamic continues to offer engaging experiences to our students, including welcoming them into its incredible Center City Philadelphia workplace.  The children and teachers are still abuzz about how much fun they had.  Many of our students are from low-income families and we know that these children are much less likely than their more affluent peers to benefit from quality academic enrichment.  Vynamic is enhancing the lives of our students in such a meaningful way,” says Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village.

Vynamic’s Jess Smith, a former Children’s Village’s Board member, organized the special afternoon through Vynamic’s spotlight program, Choose Your Own Community Adventure (CYOCA).  Vynamic supports its team members’ individual passions to engage with the Philadelphia and Boston communities and celebrates volunteering with a financial contribution to each individual cause.  This is the 5th consecutive year that Children’s Village has benefited from CYOCA.

Learn more about Vynamic, Healthcare Industry Management Consultants, at www.vynamic.com

#CYOCAVynamic’s Jess Smith joins the children to listen to a review of the rules of the game.
Vynamic’s Jess Smith joins the children to listen to a review of the rules of the game.

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Vynamic volunteers join students and teachers for a group photo to close out the lively afternoon.

Vynamic volunteers join students and teachers for a group photo to close out the lively afternoon.

 
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