There's something truly magical about Fall. The crisp air. The colorful, deeply pigmented leaves both on the ground and on the tips of trees. The change of the seasons. That’s right! A new season is upon us folks – and oh how we just love new beginnings!
For the students and staff at The Advocate Center, the fall season is so much more than the recognizable summer growth spurts, new hairdos, layered clothing, back-to-school jitters and everything pumpkin spice! At ACCE, fall represents a time to reconnect with family. A homecoming of sorts. A time to forge ahead. To discover new things.
In two short months, we have seen so many of our students forge ahead in so many ways. Some emerged as leaders. Some made new friends. Some discovered their passions, and others -- well, let's just say we have a few mini-chefs and some budding artists in our midst! And of course we can't mention mini-chefs without mentioning nine year old Jasiya Smith.
When Jasiya showed up in August for our Fall Open House she was too young to participate in any of our arts or academic enrichment programs, and as you can imagine, breaking the news to her was extremely difficult. Fortunately, after much thought and consideration, and with the help of our partners, we were able to admit her into our Art of Growing Leaders program with ArtWell and our Hip Hip/African Dance class with Arts4All. Since then, Jasiya has showed up consistently for programming with hercontagious smile and strong sense of enthusiasm. Last week Jasiya participated in our "Grow and Eat A Garden" workshop led by Temple Community Garden. Before the workshop she had never diced a tomato, but by the end she was a pro and bursting with excitement. We can all learn something from Jasiya's story, but perhaps the most important lesson is that we should always strive to approach new experiences and opportunities to grow with boundless excitement and enthusiasm.
This fall, we are growing in ways we never dreamed imaginable. We’ve developed new partnerships, started new projects, gained fresh perspectives, and perhaps the most exciting -- we now have a new place to call home! All new opportunities to be better than we were the day before.
So, as the leaves continue to fall, the frost warnings grow closer and the joys of holiday season loom as we await the election of our new President, we challenge you try something new this season and to take advantage of the boundless opportunities that await you. You'll be happy you did!
Yup, there's something truly magical about Fall -- but the real magic is being able to spend it day in and day out with our Advocate family – and that alone is enough to make us smile; and trust me -- we're grinning from ear to ear.
*Written by Adia Harmon, Advocate Center Program Coordinator