Exciting News from Tomorrow’s Stars
Transforming Lives and Building Leaders in Elmina, Ghana
We have reported before about Rudolph’s book “Becoming Your Dream”. It is available in hard copy in Ghana and through TStars in the US. It is required reading for “Stars” who apply for university scholarships.
Rudolph now has three additional books available on Amazon.com. The two books above can be purchased from Amazon as HARD COPY!! He did this all himself and can be found on Amazon at:
University Students and PIF leaders
We are so proud of our young men and women “becoming their dreams” through their own hard work and persistence as well as support from you, our donors. We find that the PIF experience of 1-2 (or more) years helps with maturity and academic discipline as well as deciding what they want to do. As a result, most of our students are elected as class reps or other leadership positions.
On 28 October many came to a conference to share inspiring stories.
At left is a group photo of many PIFs including Edinaman HS teachers Osei and Yawson.
At right is Leticia who is now at Univ Cape Coast in Early Childhood Education. Leticia overcame some epic struggles with math and served for four years as a diligent librarian and PIF. Now she is class rep!! We are not surprised. Her glasses were obtained by PIF and optometrist Francis.
Dr. Toni Saul volunteers at KG Resource Room
Combining Sue’s Pollination Project grant and Toni Saul’s learning materials and expertise, we did great things to help early childhood reading in the Tomorrow’s Stars Resource Room.
See story and photos below.
Sydney Arrandt’s Go Fund Me page
Our volunteer Sue has a friend who is raising money for Tomorrow’s Stars. She makes and sells cards and has started a GoFundMe page. Please check it out and donate if you can.
***NEWS AND PICTURES***
Kindergarten and Resource Room
Our Resource Room is used to help KG and Grade 1&2 students read and play and practice their phonics and lessons in a small group. Groups of students (Maximum of 12) come in and are coached by two PIF girls. The kids are excited to come and read, play and learn.
With the help of Sue’s grant from the Pollination Project, Solo and Aggie and Joana were trained in the Jolly Phonics AND Jolly Grammar techniques for Pre-school reading. The courses were excellent and they have brought the ideas back to school.
Reading Specialist Toni Saul brought many learning materials to Elmina and provided a training session for teachers and “PIFs” about how to use them with the Jolly Phonics techniques.
A great thing about Jolly Phonics is that they add “motions” to letters and sounds for each letter. (Remember that English is a second language and small children rarely use it at home). Ghana children are VERY good with memory, motions and rhymes so they all learned using the motions.
Toni and PIF Sharon are working with 12 KG2 students in the Tomorrow’s Stars Resource Room.
Another Resource Room activity is assessing student’s level of knowledge. Toni trained the PIFs and they did over 100 students in KG2 and Grades 1 & 2 and reported results to school management and teachers. They found 8 weak Grade 2 students, they were assigned to PIFs Sharon and Kate for small group help and attention. Photos show assessments and discussion results with teachers.
As we show them how to write their own stories (another part of the Pollination Project), they practiced writing and drawing under direction of Toni and PIFs Sharon, Kate and Evelyn. This was a fun activity for all.
Toni brought “blank Keep Books” for writing and the children began to think of their stories and draw pictures and add words, they were not complete when we left, but we are excited about the progress and know that our PIF Girls will continue it in our beautiful resource room.
Friday is Games Day in the Resource Room and Toni brought games and puzzles. Here the children are playing Candyland, Fish and working on puzzles on the veranda. Another great learning opportunity, especially when they draw a “go back” card in Candyland.
University Students and Leaders
UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS: Rudolph, Francis, Solo above (and Richard) reviewed applications, did interviews and made decisions about University scholarships. We now have 16 students in University with Tomorrow’s Stars scholarships. Thanks to our donors!!
We are proud of the students, and thankful to the dedicated and honest work of the committee.
Joseph (2nd yr Journalism), Otabil (2nd yr Phys. Asst) and Leticia explaining to younger PIFs what they learned while serving and how it helps them now.
Left: Final year Optometrist Francis with mentor from Edinaman (Osei).
At Right: PIF Justice, Leticia, Toni, PIF leader Solo and PIF/computer lab man Rolland
Left: Current PIFs at Christ Cares with George and Solo: Justice (Science) and Rolland (Computer Lab) with Kate, Sharon and Evelyn from Resource Room.
Right: Aggie (Grade 1 teacher with Sharon and Kate)
Joseph is class leader and A student at Ghana Inst of Journalism in Accra. Bright with Stella and daughter Bridget. Bright still works with us, leading construction projects and getting things done.
Libraries and Girls’ Clubs
Reading contest held at lunches at Christ Cares Library. Toni and George reading with the kids. George and Mavis reading about Helen Keller.
Joana is librarian, we have many good books as well as some tablets and e-readers for the children.
At Bantuma school library, Emmanuel is the new librarian, taking over for Richard who is doing National Service. Emmanuel was the Edinaman senior “Prefect” and in top 5% of class.
At left he works with the reading club to write books for the Pollination Project. Right: Many children come to the library on break.
Tomorrow’s Stars will help stock a new library at Abundant Grace school.
The building is in process needing a roof and finishing. We will help with books when complete and provide a PIF student to help run it. At right is George with school Head Master Bernard.
The Christ Cares Girls Club did a beauty pageant with a number of competitions to show their strengths. Precious was the winner.
Computer Lab and Science Lab
We are very proud of the computer lab at Christ Cares. We currently have 12 working laptops and two tablets used for math apps. We also just awarded 4 used laptops to university students.
I am proud to add that there have been no incidents of theft or damage in our 5-6 years of operation. Even equipment failures are usually repaired locally.
Great job by all concerned!!