Link students display art in Essex County Youth Art Month Exhibit

The art of six Link scholars was on exhibit during March at the Art Educators of NJ (AENJ), Essex County Youth Art Month Exhibit at the Newark Hall of Records.  Link students’ art was displayed, along with that of students from 16 other schools in the county – public, charter, and private schools. Students, accompanied by Mrs. Gwen Howard, art teacher and member of AENJ member, were honored at a reception for the student artists last week.Art Educators of New Jersey is a non-profit association created in 1939 by art educators interested in advocating for the visual arts education in the state. Their purpose is to promote and maintain the highest degree of quality Visual Arts instruction in New Jersey’s schools. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Youth Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

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Link Alumni speak to Life Skills class

Jalen Coleman ’17, Caleb Jakes ’18, Kelsey Cruz ’18, and Tre-Elijah Williams ’18 served on a panel during Ms. Dandie’s Life Skills class (Team Veritas, grade 5) and spoke with students about coping in school, what it takes to succeed, the preparation and then transition to high school and so much more. Our young scholars were very inspired – in fact, in awe – of our alumni. They asked a lot of great questions. The alumni, on spring break from their respective high schools, also helped with various projects throughout the school – “giving back to the community.”

Jalen studies at the prestigious Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ. Caleb, Kelsey, and Tre are attending great boarding schools – Caleb at The Masters School in NY, Kelsey at West Nottingham Academy in MD; and Tre at The Governor’s Academy in MA. All are very happy with the selections they made for high school and progressing well academically and socially. We are proud of these young people who are willing to share their time and talents at Link!

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Scholastic Book Fair at Link beginning March 1st!

Encourage your child to read! Purchase books from our book fair for your child’s home collection! For parents, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open on Friday, March 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm and on Thursday, March 7 from 5 – 7:30 pm. Students will have time to select their own books during their ELA classes that week. In addition to the “live” book fair, parents can order books online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lccs

Laila Little ’98 gives back to the community

Laila Little, Class of ’98, is giving back to her community…to Link, the City of Newark and beyond. To Link, Ms. Little has brought her passionate concern for children’s health and Double Dutch jump roping to a weekly elective class. Ms. Little started jumping rope at a young age at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark and continued competitively through high school and college. The mentoring and support she received plus the awareness of the socio-economic issues facing the underprivileged inspired her to give back to others. Ultimately she founded Jump Kids Health, an organization with the mission to combat childhood obesity and mental health issues through therapy, nutritional counseling, and competitive Double Dutch training in Newark, Philadelphia, the Bronx, Brooklyn and, soon, West Virginia. Joining Ms. Little in Jump Kids Health are two other Link alumnae – Khaila Cross ’98 and Tiffany Walker ’02.

Laila’s Background

Internationally known in the sport of Double Dutch for over twenty-five years. Ms. Little co-starred on Lifetime’s Docu-series. “Jump” and is also the co-founder of world-renowned Floyd Little’s Double Dutch.  She has touched the lives of over 15,000 youth around the globe including Ghana, Morocco, Guyana, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and nearly every state in the US.  Realizing that her double dutch programs were doing more than winning competitions and realizing the needs of inner-city children, she was inspired to establish Jump Kids Health as a platform to treat children: physically, emotionally, and mentally with a focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood obesity. Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Ms. Little understands the catastrophic impact of poverty, dysfunctional homes, crime, poor education and the lack of therapeutic and psychological help has on the underprivileged.

Jump Kids Health (JHK)

JKH treatment centers use an integrated approach to treating patients by providing routine ACE screenings, behavioral health assessments, and physical examinations, with a goal to allow for early detection, intervention and prevention of risk factors for health issues such as diabetes, thyroid disease, asthma. and or any life-threatening ailments.  JKH has a medical team and world-renowned activity specialist coaches with experience with an innovative approach to treatment, making it fun but result driven. Treatment centers are located throughout the tri-state and surrounding areas— at locations such as Newark, Jersey City, Philadelphia, York, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and, soon, West Virginia.