Volunteer Sue Visits Elmina 2018

Leticia at Hollywood School

Leticia is an outstanding PIF, mentor, librarian, and now a university student. She has overcome many obstacles to attend the University of Cape Coast to study early education. I had the opportunity to spend time with her on her last day at her attachment (student teaching) at Hollywood School. The teachers and students will really miss her! Leticia brought so much passion and love for learning to Hollywood. For her last day, she donated books to the Hollywood library. The students learned some new songs, worked on their reading and got to share how much they will miss her!

Jolly Phonics Continues in Elmina!

Last year, Tomorrow’s Stars was awarded a grant through the Pollination Project to improve literacy skills through Saturday classes and the addition of assessments and phonics. It was wonderful to see how these efforts have expanded this year!  Jolly Phonics is now being taught to all Kg-2 students in the classrooms and in the resource room.  In September, we will host a Jolly Phonics workshop for more teachers in the Bantuma, Elmina community.

The children are singing a Jolly Phonics song to learn the alphabet.



Here are a few more photos of the teachers and students.



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Aggie is a wonderful teacher!

Girls Club Activities

Trish Sewe, from Mimi Ni Change, visits the girls club!

Trish Sewe, the founder of Mimi Ni Change, came all the way from Kenya to lead a workshop on transformational leadership skills. The girls identified their strengths and weaknesses along with their passion and purpose. They also had the opportunity to practice their communication skills. Thanks, Trish, for inspiring these girls to become their dream!

trish pathway and purpose
Trish leads a session on finding your Pathway to Purpose.
trish and elena
The girls were very happy to spend time with Trish.
trish pif girls
Trish leads a small group discussion with the PIF young women on effective communication.
girls club talk
Over 70 girls participated in the Leadership workshop!

Other activities included making liquid soap, bracelets, and bags. The girls are also learning about life skills, study skills, and effective communication. Most important, they have become a great support for each other!



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Women of Excellence Celebration!

We had a wonderful celebration to honor women in the community who have supported the girls club. Toni and I were given citations as well as Leticia and Henrietta Yorke (owner of Christ Cares School).

The girls also made beautiful cloth wall hangings to thank two very special supporters of Tomorrow’s Stars. Sydney led a service project for her Bat Mitzvah to raise funds for Tomorrow’s Stars. She made personalized greeting cards to sell and started a GoFundMe page. Her grandfather, children’s author Joe Brown, donated a some of his Flights of Marceau books. The girls love reading these adventure tales that give students the opportunity to be a hero while using their imagination during the stories. THANK YOU Sydney and Joe for all of your support!!!

Women of Excellence Celebration
sydney cards
One of Sydney’s handmade cards!
race to the rescue
Race to the Rescue is a favorite of Joe Brown’s books!

I want to thank all of the PIF’s for their dedication to the students they work with and for the joy they bring to school every day.  My favorite memories are the afternoon PIF meetings. This is a very special time to build community and family. I am so grateful for the opportunities to share knowledge, experiences and lots of laughter!