Mr. Silver honored by the Wight Foundation

On Monday, November 20, Greg Silver, Link’s director of admissions and high school placement, was honored by the Wight Foundation at their annual Advocate Appreciation Dinner at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark.  Edwina Polynice, Link Class of 2017, presented, on behalf of the Foundation,  the “Community Advocate Award” to Mr. Silver for “supporting students in their pursuit of knowledge and opportunity.” Edwina, who participated in the Wight Foundation’s program while at Link, is currently a freshman at Groton School in Massachusetts.

The Wight Foundation is an educational enrichment program with the mission”to provide superior educational opportunities for young men and women of the Greater Newark area to achieve academic excellence and personal development within a boarding school environment. The Foundation fosters the development of each scholar’s leadership potential and helps him or her gain confidence to be successful both in and out of the classroom.” The Foundation prepares students for acceptance into college preparatory boarding schools, providing the students guidance in high school and in applying to college.

Over the years, many Link students have been accepted into the Wight Foundation.  Mr. Silver has been instrumental in ensuring that academically talented Link students apply to the Foundation for this unique opportunity. In his role as high school placement director, he prepares, guides, and supports Link students and their families through the rigorous high school placement process so that they are accepted into the high school that best suits them. After they are accepted, Mr. Silver works diligently to help the families find scholarships and financial aid. 100% of Link graduates each year are accepted into at least one, and often more, high schools of their choice – independent day schools, Catholic day schools, and private boarding schools.  In 2017, Link students earned $4.3 million in scholarships and aid for high school.

A great night for Link!

The excitement, enthusiasm, and energy of the crowd at this year’s A Taste of Newark benefit on Wednesday, November 15th at NJPAC hosted by Link Education Partners was amazing! Over 400 guests gathered on the stage at NJPAC on Wednesday evening to celebrate the school’s 48 year legacy of successfully serving the youth of Newark and to honor Cathy and Dave Ferry for their commitment and support of Link.

The evening’s program was very inspiring. Head of School Maria Pilar Paradiso shared the phenomenal progress Link scholars have made academically over the past three years, since the school converted to a public charter school. Alumna Shanika Audige expressed, poignantly, that attending the Link changed her life, gave her hope, have her inspiration, and gave her purpose. Link students performed powerfully, showing how the emphasis in arts – which you support – helps students express themselves and build character.

Mary Ball Cappio, former Link director of finance, introduced Dave and Cathy Ferry as major change makers for Link, noting their ardent support and passionate advocacy of the school over two decades. And, finally, Dave Ferry, spoke to the compelling reason for his and Cathy’s involvement in the school – their desire to help level the playing field so that all children have the opportunity for an excellent education and how Link delivers fulfills that.

The proceeds from this major Link Education Partners fundraiser go toward programming for students (arts, elective classes, outdoor adventure, field trips, and more), staff professional development, and facility improvement and maintenance at Link Community charter School.

Click here for more about the event and to view the photos.



Don’t miss out on Link’s A Taste of Newark!

There is still time to purchase tickets for Link’s 20th anniversary A Taste of Newark on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:30 pm at NJPAC! It’s a fabulous evening featuring delicious tastings of food and beverages from establishments in and around Newark, an exciting silent auction packed with great “treasures,” thrilling student performances and an inspiring message from Shanika Audige, ink Class of 2004. We will celebrate our honorees, Cathy and Dave Ferry for their longtime commitment to Link. Click here to purchase your ticket!

Link selected to participate in city-wide art festival

Link Community Charter School was proud to be selected as an “art gallery,” to exhibit student and alumni work, in this  year’s prestigious Newark Open Doors Arts Festival.  Link’s doors were “opened” on Saturday, October 14th and Thursday, October 19th for our families, friends, and the general public to view the show, “Inspiration from the Masters.” The exhibit at Link featured art works inspired by master artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, and Andy Warhol as well as the students’ original art, photography, and glass mosaic murals.

Since 1969, Link has nurtured the talents of thousands of youth who have contributed to the arts locally and nationally. The exhibit celebrates this legacy with art work created by Link students and recent alumni under the guidance of Link’s art teachers and several local artists-in-residence. Link’s Arts Program is funded in part by Link Education Partners and the James E. and Diane W. Burke Foundation.

In the summer of 2017, Link applied to the Newark Arts Council, sponsor of the citywide arts event, and was excited to be one of two schools in Newark to be selected. Jeremy V. Johnson, Executive Director, Newark Arts Council visited Link’s exhibit, and commented, in an article on Tap Into Newark, an online newsletter, “It’s really important that we support and nurture the next generation of arts lovers. Newark Arts is extremely proud of the youth participants in the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival. I was particularly moved by the students at Link Community Charter School who created artwork inspired by such giants as Jackson Pollack, Jacob Lawrence, and Faith Ringgold. It was awesome.”

Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival is New Jersey’s largest multi-day celebration of the visual and performing arts, occurring over four days in the great city of Newark.  Now in its 16th year, the festival draws thousands of visitors, as more than 100 venues join forces to showcase visual, performing, and literary art. Link looks forward to participating again next year.

Click here to read about Link’s “art gallery” and arts program in an article from Tap Into Newark.

Here are some photos from the show. Space would not allow all of them, unfortunately.

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Link observes Red Ribbon Week

Link students and staff are observing Red Ribbon Week, from October 23 through October 31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation.  During the week, student discussed drugs and addiction in advisory and decorated their classroom doors with special anti-drug use messages. Michelle Cerreta from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spoke with students about the dangers of drugs.  She also participated, along with a few Link staff members, in judging the doors.  The doors were all great!  Congratulations to the winners: a three-way tie in the Upper House between Ujima, Haki, and Imani and in the Lower House, Team Chavez. Take a look at the doors here:

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