Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Student of the Week 3-20-2017

Presenting our students of the week; Jaylynn, from Ms. Alyce's classroom and ElayJaih, from Ms. Anna's classroom!


Name: Jaylynn
My birthday is: August 1st
I am: 8 years old! 
Favorite Animal: Zebra
Favorite food: Pizza 
Favorite color: Pink!

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Name: ElayJaih
My birthday is:  November 18th
I am: 10 years old
Favorite Animal: wolf
Favorite food: crab legs
Favorite color: pink

Monday, March 20, 2017

Let's Get Historical- Visiting the Heinz History Center

Greetings from snowy Allentown!

On Saturday, March 11th, eight students and their families joined Brashear staff and volunteers from North Allegheny High School for an afternoon at the Heinz History Center. History Center staff, Nathan Rodda visited us back in January to talk about their exhibit on historical toys and was our host for our field trip, sharing information and fun activities in the History Center's different exhibits.


#PIXburgh was all about photography as a science, art, and means to document our history. We used iPads to collage images that students took in the different sections of the exhibit, meanwhile, learning about Pittsburgh through historical photographs and videos. Our students loved experiencing the early 3D technology of the stereoscope.


In the Discovery Place, students were transported us back in time using green screen technology!













During our free time at the Heinz History Center, students searched for items from our organization's namesake, John Brashear. The items pictured below were donated by the Brashear Association. You can see more of our collection when you visit our main offices on Sarah St in the South Side. Can you find this display the next time you visit the History Center?





The best part of the day is always spending time together and learning about each other's families. Thank you again to all the staff at the Heinz History Center for their thoughtful lessons. We'll be back at the History Center in October for our 100th anniversary celebration!



Friday, March 17, 2017

Student of the Week 3-13-2017





My name is: Camya
I am: 8 years old
My favorite color is: purple and pink
I was born in: July
I live in: Pittsburgh
My favorite number is: 8
My favorite animal is: cats and dogs
My favorite food is: crab legs
I like to: sing and dance
When I grow up I want to be: a singer and dancer!


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My name is: Jalainta (Valentine)
I am: 10 years old
My favorite color is: blue, black, red and white
I was born in: October
I live in: a house
My favorite food is: eggs
I like to: sing and act
When I grow up I want to be: an actress or singer


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

International Women's Day

This past Wednesday, March 8th, was International Women's Day- a day of recognition and remembrance of the movements for women's rights over the past century. Specifically, this year highlighted the 1909 strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union in New York- who fought for equal rights in the workplace, in government, and at home.

While half of our student's were busy with Strong Women, Strong Girls programming, we gathered the boys into the back classroom to facilitate a discussion around this significant day. We discussed how many women were 'on strike' today here and internationally- and why this might be occurring. Our staff all sported red and black to honor this day!

These are difficult but necessary conversations to have, especially when bringing up the gender pay gap, the S.T.E.A.M. gap, and other issues of gender and racial inequality.

After our discussion, we passed out red paper to continue with our theme and asked our boys to write letters of appreciation to important women in their lives. The cards could also be for women in the neighborhood, such as our lovely crossing guard who ensures our safety each and every day, and the founder of A Giving Heart who runs a dinner program for the kids in our neighborhood throughout the week.























We loved doing this civics lesson with the boys, and hope it served as a reminder that awareness and appreciation makes a difference!


In solidarity, 

Alyce 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fantastic Food & Garden Club!

We believe it is important to spread our healthy eating initiative to other youth in the Hilltop neighborhoods.  This month, The Brashear Association held the first food and garden club with the Neighborhood Learning Alliance at Arlington K-8!

Our first lesson was the ever-popular Brashear Kids tropical fruit smoothie!  This is an easy and versatile recipe that kids can make at home.  We used blueberries, peaches, strawberries, bananas and pineapple juice.  The students had the great idea of adding yogurt and spinach in the future!  They especially enjoyed adding and blending the ingredients.  Check out our group picture below.  Cheers!




After our smoothie was complete, they raced to finish a fun fact crossword puzzle full of banana and strawberry anecdotes!  Did you know the first banana split was created in Latrobe, PA?


Stay tuned for more food adventures with the students of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance!


Grow food!
-Anna

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Student of the Week 03-06-2017




My name is:  Raymair 
I am: 9 Years Old
My favorite color is: Red
I was born in: March
I live in: Hilltop!
My favorite number is: 18
My favorite animal is: Dog
My favorite food is: Pizza
I like to: Play
When I grow up I want to be: A cop


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My name is: Shane
I am: 11 Years Old
My favorite color is: Red 
I was born in: February
I live in: Allentown
My favorite number is: 100
My favorite animal is: Snake
My favorite food is: Carrots
I like to: Play
When I grow up I want to be: Successful  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Students of the Week 2-27-2017

Our students of the week: Cayden and Jaymair!




My name is: Cayden
I am: 8 years old
My favorite color is: silver
I was born in: July
I live in: a house
My favorite number is: 1,565
My favorite animal is: cat
My favorite food is: pizza
I like to: dance
When I grow up I want to be: an actor


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My name is: Jaymair
I am: 10 years old
My favorite color is: all!
I was born on: September 8th
I live in: Pittsburgh
My favorite number is: 21
My favorite animal is: octopus
My favorite food is: all
I like to: play games
When I grow up I want to be: a doctor

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