Carver Center has a lot to celebrate on Carver Day - Thehour.com: Norwalk.
Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:00 pm
By MATT COYNE
Hour Staff Writer |
NORWALK — Thursday afternoon, the Carver Center’s backyard was crowded.
Students socialized, played, slid down the bouncy castles and ate cotton candy. Local dignitaries took pictures. Center alumni barbequed, while Carver staff looked after everyone.
They were all there for the Carver Center’s block party, celebrating the community center’s 75th anniversary and Carver Day, so proclaimed by Mayor Richard Moccia at the event.
“I feel so privileged to be leading an organization that’s been around since 1938,” said Carver Center Executive Director Novelette Peterkin, who has held the post since 2004. “We have expanded our programs, we’ve tripled our budget, we’re serving more kids, we have a strong public-private partnership with the public schools and we have a vision that’s really going to help change the face of education.”
For the Carver Center staff, the party is well deserved. The center has had a significant impact for academically challenged or academically at-risk students. More than half of the 900 students, up from 93 a decade a go, were earning honors or high honors. All high school students in the program graduate, and nearly all go to either college or trade school. Some of those students receive scholarships from the center, the fund for which as grown from $43,000 to $70,000….
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Wodney Cadet, 12 and Dior Lopez 11, make it to the bottom of the inflateable obstacle course the ‘Wild One’ at the 75 year anniversary party at the Carver Center.