As I was waiting in the gym of the Catholic Youth Organization (link is external)(CYO) East State Street Center for the group of LEAP (Learning Enrichment in the Arts Program) students to line up at the door, I heard one girl say to another girl, “Do you have art class in school?” The other girl replied, “No, that’s why I come here.” LEAP is a Student Volunteers Council (SVC) volunteer organization with the Pace Center that addresses the importance of arts education. Unfortunately, the arts are suffering in today’s economy. Budget cuts in school districts are leaving administrators with no option but to limit art classes, decrease salaries, and fire arts educators. This is an important issue because studies have shown that increased access to the arts benefits children academically and socially. Our objective is to provide an opportunity for underprivileged children in our community to meaningfully experience the visual and performing arts on a weekly basis.
Princeton in NJ's Service
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
Just like the rest of the lost, confused and overwhelmed freshmen, I attended the Fall Activities Fair. I then sign-up for way too many activities and promised various commitments. Realistically I knew I would have to limit my commitments to a few activities. But the choice turned out to be much easier than I expected and Cherry Tree Club - a preschool that serves homeless and at-risk children in Mercer County - very quickly became my top priority.
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The award renews the NSF's existing support for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) through October 2020, and includes $6.39 million for at least the first two years. PCCM researchers participate in numerous educational projects, such as a summer science and engineering research workshop for undergraduates nationwide; a three-week science camp, known as PUMA, for students from Trenton's Central High; and a series of one-day science camps for community K-12 students and their parents.
Friday, Jan 16, 2015
Sitting in a small semi-circle, preschool students at Princeton Nursery School sat as still as preschoolers can while Princeton University staff member Alexandra Calcado read aloud from "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr." Calcado was one of about 30 Princeton University volunteers who on Thursday, Jan. 15, honored Dr. King's legacy by lending a hand at Princeton Nursery School in Princeton, Little Cherubs Head Start in Hamilton, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing and the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Trenton, as part of Princeton University's second annual Day of Service.
Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
Chop, stir, pour, whirrrrr. The kitchen in the Fields Center at Princeton was a whirl of activity Dec. 7 as local middle- and high-school students worked together to prepare drinks, appetizers and desserts for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement's second Community House Family Dinner. The Family Dinner series, launched in October, aims to bring Community House volunteers, students and families together over a meal, family-friendly activities and conversation as a new way to bolster Community House's mission of standing with families to close the achievement gap in the town of Princeton.
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
Community House has been standing with local families to close the achievement gap in Princeton, NJ. Today, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement is proud to announce Community House is building on its community focus with the addition of two projects, both created by students. Community House Big Sibs, a student-led mentorship project connecting University students with local elementary school students, and Community Walk, a community building project aimed at empowering University students to discover and share the greater Princeton community’s rich history, are joining the Community House family.
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014
With a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, speeches and the whoosh of the Dinky train's departure, officials celebrated the opening of the new Princeton Station on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Representatives from Princeton University, the town of Princeton, the state and the project's design and construction firms were on hand for the celebration, commenting on the importance of the station and transit services to the University and town.
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014
Piles and piles of carrots stared back at us: hundreds of pounds of donated carrots that needed to be packaged into family-sized amounts for the food pantry. Behind us, a cooking lesson about healthy eating on a minimal budget was being conducted, and in the front of the room, at least a hundred individuals waited patiently for their families’ monthly groceries. We quickly got to work, and in the space of a few hours our Community Action group made a small but significant dent in the pantry’s daily tasks.
Monday, Oct 6, 2014
With beautiful illustrations and incredible detail, a Princeton University exhibition of maps, engravings and photographs shows New Jersey's evolution from the 17th century to the present. Located in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library, the exhibition is titled "Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888." The exhibition coincides with the 350th anniversary of the 1664 naming of New Jersey, which was also referred to as Nova Caesara.
Monday, Aug 25, 2014
Thirty-nine high school students were paired with faculty members this summer to conduct research through Princeton's Laboratory Learning Program. While some students explored new building approaches that could reduce environmental impacts, others conducted research with potential applications to human health.