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  1. Quarter 2 Career Exploration Workshop Signup

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    Families to College – Quarter 2 Career Exploration Workshops – April 16 to June 15

    These workshops are for the whole family and are meant to encourage exploration of different career paths!

    Sign up for a 9-week workshop by Friday, April 13!

    Mondays

    Design Workshop – Amy Dion

    You will get to work with various tools in visual arts and design. You will explore design styles, apply design principles and generate projects with your vision.

    Theater Workshop – Zoe Built

    You are the star of the show in this workshop where you will explore the world of theater through creative expression, character development, and making decisions. You will explore ways to express yourself physically and vocally through fun theater exercises.

    Tuesdays

    Programming Workshop – Noah Halstead

    You will be empowered by technology in this workshop where you will gain practical computing and programming experience that will prepare you for careers in technology and beyond.

    Natural Science Workshop – Rob Albert

    Using real world examples, you will learn to formulate questions that will enhance your exploration of the natural world. You will collect and use data to lead you on the path to finding some of the answers to your questions about the natural world.

    Wednesdays

    Community Health Workshop – Carolyn Smith

    You will look at how societal factors influence people’s health and wellbeing and will explore different ways of improving health and preventing disease. By exploring the relationship between health and the community you will learn how to be an advocate for good health in your community.

    Art and Society Workshop – Connor Kealey

    You will explore the multi-layered ways that art has created change and progress in our world. Gain an understanding of the place of art in reflecting, shaping and critiquing society.

    Sign up here!

     

  2. Spring Break 2018

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    Families engaged in the Families to College program are invited to take part in events throughout the time that Bridgeton Schools are on Spring Break. This is a chance for families to bond and learn new things about one another. There is something for everyone in this week so don’t miss out!

    Click HERE to register and RSVP for the following Spring Break events:

    MONDAY APRIL 2 – FAMILY BOWLING NIGHT

    Spend time bowling with your family the day after Easter! Pizza and wings, included. A shuttle will leave the Campus Center starting at 5:30 PM or you can meet the group there.

    6-8 PM – CAPANI’S LEGACY LANES
    518 LANDIS AVE, BRIDGETON, NJ 08302

    WEDNESDAY APRIL 4 – FAMILY TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA

    Visit LaSalle University and Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. Round trip transportation, lunch and afternoon snack provided. Tour both colleges, do an art activity and take in the sights and sounds of the city with your family!

    BUS LEAVES – 9:30 AM, BUS RETURNS – 5 PM
    FAMILIES TO COLLEGE CAMPUS CENTER
    40 E. COMMERCE ST. BRIDGETON, NJ 08302

    THURSDAY APRIL 5 – FAMILY ARTS & MOVIE NIGHT

    Come with your family to create something beautiful for your home! After, have dinner and make your own ice cream sundae before watch a FUN movie with your family!

    5-8:30 PM – FAMILIES TO COLLEGE CAMPUS CENTER

    RSVP by registering on Eventbrite or returning a completed form by April 2. If you are attending without a parent or guardian please complete the Spring Break Permission Form.

    ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

    FAQs

    How much does it cost to attend the events on Monday and Thursday and the trip on Wednesday?

    All FTC Spring Break 2018 events and trips are free.

    If I arrive at the FTC Campus Center at 5:55 p.m. on Monday, will I be able to catch the shuttle?

    The shuttle will run until everyone who is registered and needs a ride is at the bowling alley.

    Do I need a permission slip if i am attending with a parent or guardian?

    No, but please still RSVP here.

    Can anyone in my family attend?

    Yes. Bring your aunt and uncle and grandparents, too. No pets though, sorry.

    Will the Campus Center be open for regular hours during Spring Break?

    No the Campus Center will be closed for regular hours from March 30 at 6 p.m. until April 9 at 2:30 p.m. (when Quarter 2 will begin)

    What should I bring and how should I prepare for the trip on Wednesday?

    • Eat breakfast.
    • Wear appropriate attire for visiting a college and for the weather conditions the day of the trip.
    • Entertainment for the bus ride.

    Other questions? Email Connor Kealey at ckealey@appelfarm.org or call 856-358-2472

    We hope that your whole family will join us. If parents cannot attend, and a child or children will be attending under the supervision of FTC Staff, please complete the form below for each child under the age of 17 who will be attending. 

    Download the form below HERE.

  3. March Newsletter

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    This is our first in a monthly series of newsletters from Families to College. Look for this each month so that you can stay up to date with the different activities, events and opportunities  at the Campus Center and beyond!

  4. Appel Farm Family Camp Night

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    Friday March 16, join us for fun activities for the whole family and s’mores! You’ll also learn about arts camp at Appel Farm. Ten full arts camp scholarships are being awarded to FTC students. Don’t miss this opportunity for fun with the family and a chance to apply for a full arts camp scholarship.

    Do you know that you and your family want to go to Family Camp Weekend? Register here.

    “My children were in their element as soon as they arrived. They were comfortable being themselves and actively participating in front of strangers without feelings of insecurity. To them, Appel Farm is another home away from home that allows them to feel safe & secure to be themselves.”

    – Ruby Jost, Family Camp Weekend, Fall 2017

    For more than 50 years, Appel Farm Arts Camp has transformed the lives of thousands of young people, helping children develop artistic talents, gain self-confidence, and make friendships that last a lifetime. Now we are offering our families a chance to experience the magic of Appel Farm summer…together. Together, focus on your relationships throughout a weekend packed with intentional opportunities for connection and communication. Collaborate with your whole family on art projects, engage in theatre and dance workshops, and make music together. Relax and enjoy your family’s company, roast marshmallows and sing songs around a campfire.

    Families to College is a Pascale Sykes Foundation grantee

  5. Local high school senior gives back through class project

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    Lauren Robitaille, a senior at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill is currently taking a Humanitarian Studies course taught by Jen Satterfield. The class was assigned to think of and become involved in a service learning project and she immediately thought of creating a book drive. She reached out to the Volunteer Center of South Jersey, where they directed her to Families to College.

    Lauren dropped off around 100 books from her book drive she created for her class service project.

    The books included college prep and non-fiction books for Bridgeton High Schoolers who attend Families to College. A big thank you to Volunteer Center of South Jersey for directing Lauren to us!

  6. Families to College at Rowan University

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    Have you heard about our visit to Rowan University? Bridgeton High School has off this Monday so spend your day off with us!

    The Rowan University Field Trip will leave this Monday February 19th at 9:00am from the Campus Center located at 40 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302, and return to the Campus Center at 5:00pm the same afternoon.

    Families will tour the campus of Rowan University; learn about Rowan’s academic programs; meet professors, admissions counselors, university students; and observe campus life.

    Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028

    Leaving: Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 at 9 a.m.

    Returning by: Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    Means of Transportation: Van and/or School Bus provided by FTC

    Lunch will be provided by the University.

    10:00 AM Admissions Presentation
    10:45 AM Campus Tour
    12:00 PM Lunch
    1:15 PM Student Panel
    2:00 PM Workshop- TBD
    3:00 PM Campus Scavenger Hunt

    If you plan to attend please fill out one side of the form in this post, take a photo of the side of the form that applies to you and email the photo/scan to ckealey@appelfarm.org and also return your signed copy to the Campus Center before the trip. Bus needs to leave at 9 a.m.

    We can’t wait to have a FUN day with you and your family!

     

  7. Families to College giving back for MLK Day

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    “Everyone has the power for greatness – not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Every summer, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center welcomes lots of creative young individuals, and strives to help them grow into their best selves. Campers should learn to value the concept of community and how to be a productive citizen, so it was only natural to invite alumni and friends to meet up with us at National Days of Service in the Philadelphia area and New York City. Appel Farm also provides programs for young people in local communities with Families to College, Pathways, and Arts Lab, so we wanted to be sure we stayed close to home as well.

    Empower Bridgeton & FTC - MLK Day

    In support of the M25/Code Blue Initiative, the EmpowerCorps Bridgeton members, along with a few of the students from Appel Farm’s Families to College* program, prepared food at Bethany Grace Church in Bridgeton. This project was special, as many of the program participants are passionate about the local homeless initiative. The volunteers provided something that many of those who frequent the warming station wouldn’t normally have the chance to indulge in; a hot, hearty breakfast of sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage links, scrambled eggs, toast, & orange juice. What a fantastic day of service it was for mentors and students to serve side-by-side.

    Families to College participants learned so much, had amazing experiences, and connected with the community … all while growing as individuals and as engaged citizens.

    *Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, United Advocacy Group, City of Bridgeton, and Cumberland County College are the four community partners in the Families to College initiative that cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program.

  8. STEAM Courses starting February 5th

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    Starting February 2018, the initiative will be powered by the following STEAM courses: Media Arts, Engineering Robotics, Environmental Science, Humanities, Health and Business

    They’ll also be introducing “STEAM Lab”, a weekly interdisciplinary workshop that makes connections in science, technology, engineering, art and math. 

    Interested in getting involved? Email us at info@familiestocollege.org.

     

  9. Creativity and Innovation Make a Spark at Families to College

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    Based at the Campus Center in Bridgeton, NJ, Families to College hosted fiction author Jarrett Lerner. He was happy to share valuable insight about his journey as an author. When it comes to learning, Lerner holds similar values as Appel Farm. He transforms lives through the arts by creating books that influence a child’s creative and imaginative skills.

    Jarrett Lerner is based in Medford, Massachusetts. Reading and writing sparked his interest between the ages of 8 and 14. Because of his early influence, he primarily writes “Middle Grade Fiction.” His works include books about farting robots, belching knights, and other serious matters. He shines his writing light by making classroom visits around the area, holding in depth discussions about reading, writing, and publishing. Lerner stated that his visits, including his recent one with Bridgeton High School, has a significant impact on readers’ lives.

    “Once your book is on shelves and in the hands of others, it ceases to be entirely your own. There are things my readers have discovered in my stories that I, the author, didn’t even realize were in there! And getting feedback from them, finding out what they like and what questions occurred to them while reading, gives me more insight into them as readers, and in turn helps me make my writing better.”

    Every writer has their unique way of creating new content. Jarret Lerner describes his writing process as being full of false-starts, missteps, and mistakes. He tries to share that with readers during his visits to show that writing isn’t easy, not even for professionals. “Writing is rewriting. It’s revising. It’s doing a fifty-first draft even though you felt certain your fiftieth was going to be the final one.” According to Lerner, literary success simply looks like a kid reading his book and not being able to stop. And then heading to their library to get more books, or picking up a pen to write a story of their own.

    For those who want to pursue a career in writing, Lerner gave us great advice. “If you want to be a writer, you need to do a lot of reading and a lot of writing. Read everything, especially the sorts of books that you want to write. Make yourself an expert in that kind of book. And write. Make a habit of it. Do it every day if you can!”

    The Families to College program provides plenty of opportunities to meet people like Jarrett Lerner. Interested in the initiative? Email Connor Kealey, Community Program Director, at ckealey@appelfarm.org, and follow Families to College on Facebook at facebook.com/familiestocollege and Instagram @Familiestocollege. You can also visit the Campus Center at 40 E. Commerce St. Bridgeton, NJ, open during the week until 5 or 6 p.m.

    To learn more fun facts about Jarrett Lerner, You can find him online at jarrettlerner.com and on Twitter at @Jarrett_Lerner. Be sure to check out his recently published book, ENGINERDS, available at your local and online bookstore!

  10. Amping up for the Families to College Kickoff event!

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    The Families to College initiative is preparing for their kickoff event on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the new campus center. There will be food, music, and fun activities. There will also be lots of information about the initiative and an oppurtunity to sign up!

    Bridgeton is the first town to have this initiative and there has been a lot of excitement surrounding this launch.

    High school students can also drop by the new campus center from 3-5 p.m. this coming Wednesday to learn more and to see the cool new space. For these days and for the kickoff Cumberland County College’s STEAMWorks facility will be open for folks to look around and see all of the creative possibilities.

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