Center for Child and Family Development Center Partners with Mercer County 4-H to Promote STEAM at Gregory School
Center for Child and Family Achievement’s Community Service Summer interns, Niegel Lightner, a 12th Grade Student at Ewing High School and Destinee Lightner, a 7th Grade Student at Fisher Middle School enjoyed distributing Mercer County 4-H “Find-Out Fridays” STEAM kits to families at the Gregory School in Trenton. Families who come to the Gregory School weekly to pick up Community Meal bags provided by Mercer Street Friends Center, expressed delight to take home the STEAM kits for their children. 100 kits were distributed weekly while, students also learned about 4-H from Niegel, who has been actively involved in 4-H since 9th Grade at Ewing High School. Niegel stated, “students wanted to know more about how to participate in 4-H. It was great to see some parents and the kids come back the next week and request kits.” In addition to the STEAM Kits, CCFA’s “Read to Achieve” provides books for summer reading coordinated by Ms. Rice and Yolanda L. Robinson. The 4-H program is a part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County. One parent commented, “my kids ask me each time about these kits they are having fun, it gives them something to do!” In addition to the family interactive STEAM kits, students can win a $50 gift card as a fun incentive. The Center for Family Achievement inspires families to learn and achieving together, while promoting reading and education as the pathway out of poverty!