We are proud that when our stalwart friends at Pepperidge Farm receive attention for their countless good works so do we! Thank you Pepperidge Farm for our being a part of each other’s stories!
Pepperidge Farm’s contribution to the Norwalk Community has been recognized by awards from the Human Services Council, the CT Food Bank, The Carver Foundation of Norwalk, and induction into the Chairman’s Circle of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.
Sarahfina Strackman and Smana Seradieu, Norwalk High School seniors, are winners of the 5th Annual Natalia Rodriguez ELL (English Language Learner) Scholarship, each receiving $500.
Sarahfina and Smana will both be attending Southern Connecticut State University. They are winners at Carver as well, for years. Involved in many Carver initiatives, from the NicaPhoto activity with and visit to peers in Nicaragua to all the other opportunities offered by Carver’s Youth Development Program.
Ms. Natalia Rodriguez passed away in 2008, after a 33-year career serving Norwalk Public Schools. Her most recent post was as the Bilingual Parent Coordinator in the Central Office where she helped hundreds of immigrant families adjust to their new lives in America.
Sarahfina and Smana did not speak English when they arrived from Haiti and were enrolled in West Rocks Middle Schools. Today they are scholars winning scholarship awards!
Craft on Saturday became only the second African-American leader of a DAR chapter in Connecticut. The first was Gloria Williams, who was leader of the DAR’s Cheshire chapter and who attended Craft’s induction.
Craft, a 20-year Norwalk resident, works for the Norwalk Housing Authority as an early childhood program manager and tutors at the George Washington Carver Community Center. She is married to Jerry Craft, a syndicated artist who writes the cartoon “Mama’s Boyz,” and her two children, ages 15 and 13, are members of a regional chapter of the Children of the American Revolution.
Carver featured in article about the Community Fund of Darien.
The YWCA Darien/Norwalk will honor six local women who have made significant contributions to our community at the fourth Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards & Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The Women of Distinction Award is bestowed in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a select group of women who demonstrate the spirit of the YWCA’s brand vision to empower women. This year’s honorees are: Louise Parker Berry, Katie Farren (Young Woman of Distinction), Rita Ferri, Novelette Peterkin, Sueann Schorr, Ciara Thurlow and Babs White (distinguished service award).
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.
Carver fielded the Carver Yellow Stingers to compete in NEF’s first annual City Spelling Bee.
Carver students Marcus Hooks, Tiba Huckabee and Tamara Williams held their own against all the adults but ultimately did not prevail. It was a fun and challenging tome for all.
I was fortunate to spend time with Sophia Lubin. Sophia is a Carver alumnus who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) a few years ago. Sophia returned to the classroom to share her talent and advice just as other Carver Alumni had done for her. I feel as if I know so much about SCAD because of Sophia. She was a very successful student who went on to work for Aeropostale as an assistant designer. Sophia is now doing freelance work. Her portfolio is so impressive and inspiring.
I am interested in studying art, so I advocated for SCAD to be included on this year college tour itinerary. When we pulled onto the campus I felt chills as I would now get to see the school I have dreamed of for quite some time. There was no doubt that SCAD is an art school because the artwork is well displayed and is a part of the campus’ overall welcoming experience.
SCAD is home to one of the largest sculpting studios for some of their fine arts majors. About 2,000 students are enrolled at the Atlanta campus.
SCAD students are intellectually capable and have a passion for the arts.
I love this school because of the small yet extremely diverse environment. Hopefully, I will be successful in gaining admission and be among the graduating class of 2018.
Tylla Oliver and Dre’Ana Grant
It was the rainiest day of our tour and since Ms. Novelette always says “rain or shine” we will be touring, we all grabbed our umbrellas and braved the elements.
The boys were off to Morehouse College and the girls were headed for Spelman. Who could ever imagine that a school that started in the back of a church would go on to become a premier institution for educating exclusively women?
In 1881 the Atlanta Baptist Seminary was founded and in 1924 it became Spelman College, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia. There are three powerhouse colleges here, Spelman, Morehouse and Clark Atlanta, all next to each other. It is so nice to witness the interaction between the students. Spelman holds the distinction of being America’s oldest historically Black college for women. Spelman has 2,100 students from around the country and the world.
The charming grounds of Spellman, plus the opportunities offered for engaging students and connecting their interest and goals, serves as an inspiration to us. Students can travel abroad to Ghana and Japan. Even though Spelman does not have a GPA admission requirement, its freshman class is among some of the brightest students in the country. They have an impressive graduation rate of over 80 percent.
During this college tour we have seen many different Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Spelman is one of the top schools among them. Spiritual and moral vision is an important part of the school. Its Sister Chapel plays an integral part. The Spelman College mission is developing the intellectual, ethical and leadership potential of Spelman students through nurturing faith, encouraging scholarship, and cultivating young women for service.
It is clear that Spelman is a nurturing place and they are committed to empowering and molding young women of color. Everyone feels special here.
It is a great institution and we love it!