Safe Saturday

On May 28, 2016, we gathered for the last Safe Saturday of the school year.  Parishioner Pam Negrin and Ms. Gough, third grade teacher and Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School, were awarded an Access for All grant from Young Audiences to do a residency together this spring. St. Luke’s contributed 20% of the award for the project from its Youth budget.  Ms. Gough was teaching a social studies unit called “My Baltimore.”  Pam and the third grade class designed and began stitching a map of the Franklin Square neighborhood as a part of that unit.

When Pam finished the embroidery residency at the school, the students wanted to keep going on the map.  St. Luke’s  invited the third grade stitchers to Safe Saturday so that they could keep working. We also invited the Franklin Square Elementary third grade families, Mrs. Gough, and, of course, the youth who usually attend St. Luke’s Safe Saturdays.  It was a wonderful day with everyone joining in the stitching.  Although very few of the third graders attended, there was no lack of enthusiasm from those participating.  We hope to work with Pam through to the map’s completion.

Diane Dwyer

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Safe Saturday, April 23, 2016

On Saturday April 23,  groups of volunteers gathered in the light rain to help with the neighborhood Tire Pickup and cleanup.  Students and faculty from UMBC who work in mosquito control, students and teachers from Franklin Square Elementary Middle School, other volunteers, and participants in the Safe Saturday program began working in the gray, chilly morning. Piles of tires and trash were collected in four locations around the neighborhood, ready for pickup.   By mid afternoon the weather was warm and the sun was shining.  Safe Saturday was hosting crafts, lunch, and play in the yard, a neighborhood cook-out and gathering was being held at the Sunflower Garden,  volunteers were working at the hoop houses in the  SAFE Community Farm Project, and SAFE Center kids and the Baltimore City Fire Department personnel were playing flag football.  Altogether a great day for the neighborhood.

Diane Dwyer