Abundant thanks to our volunteers, Debbie Lang, Kathryn Lang, Jane Malcolm, Sandy McDonell, Pastor Stuart Smith and so many others who support us through Noroton Presbyterian Church.
Thanks to our Carver students serving as Master of Ceremony, Shaniece Brown and Tiba Huckabee. Thanks to our Carver student performers: Dwana Masheck, Isabelle Montanez, Amisa Moore and Simone (CASPER Dance); Mother’s Day poem reading, Breyelle Hayes and Jordan Powell; instrumentals by Amisa Moore and Zadira Otivich; Praise Dancer N’yesea Scott and poem accompaniment by Justin Ford; song by Shaniece Brown and Tiba Huckabee; and to other students giving their all to make the celebration complete.
Thanks also to our DJ, James Richards; to Absolutely the Finest Catering; and to Carver’s staff and Program Managers for making this year’s celebration of “Mothers & Others” the best ever!
Poem for Mothers
You are more beautiful than a rose.
You make the flowers bloom.
You are as sweet as a berry.
Your smile lights up a room.
You are smart as a scientist, and as hard working as a bee.
Everything you do shows that you love me.
You are as bright as the sun.
Whenever I need help, you make sure it gets done.
You are made of all good things.
You are an angel, you just don’t have wings.
I could go on forever, until the moon comes out, but this poem is to say I love you, and that’s what this is about.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
The book will be made available for sale at the Carver 75th Anniversary gala on May 17th.
Here is what Carver student, Amber, says about her experience with NicaPhoto:
This experience was the most amazing experience that I have ever had. We got a chance to exchange pictures with people outside the country and were exposed to a different culture. Visiting our peers in Nicaragua was even better! We came with presents such as sneakers, soccer balls and tooth brushes. We got to help them start a garden and painted a mural of our two worlds colliding. I will never forget the hard work and laughs we shared in Nicaragua.
NicaPhoto pairs Carver students with students in Nagarote, Nicaragua based on similar ages and interests. Each student receives the same assignments each week. Ronnie Maher, a Norwalk resident and professional photographer, now lives most of the year in Nagarote as founder and facilitator of NicaPhoto. The students’ photos and Skype videos can be seen here on the NicaPhoto Facebook Wall.
NicaPhoto began in 2005 as a one week workshop and continued afterwards as a weekly class. In 2010 the project was remodeled into comprehensive youth development program focused on educational support, art (photography), and personal development and that is when Carver partnered with Ronnie to complete the circle with Norwalk.
Here are more quotes from some of our Carver students about this project:
CEDRIC: NicaPhoto was an opportunity to learn how to take pictures and share them with students from Nicaragua. All of the pictures that I have seen from Nicaragua are great. They made me see how our lives are very different. For example, it snows here during winter and it does not snow there. I am lucky to have what I have and I appreciate my surroundings more.
AJANIQUE: I’m proud to say that I am a part of NicaPhoto. I’ve been in this program for three years. I really enjoy taking photos of my life and nature. Going on a one week trip to Nicaragua has made me more appreciative of my life and the things I have. I am very grateful for this wonderful experience.
Norwalk Chamber of Commerce will name the Carver Foundation of Norwalk the 2013 Nonprofit of the Year
on the occasion of the Chamber’s 2013 Small Business Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by TD Bank and James P. Murphy & Associates
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 99 East Avenue
WITH GUEST SPEAKER
Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO, Stew Leonard’s
Hosted by the Small Business Council, this special occasion serves to honor and recognize distinguished local small businesses and organizations for their entrepreneurial spirit, growth, and commitment to the community.