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2003-09-27 | Author : | Article Source Bookmark and Share

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Gateway to a better future

2009-11-23 | Author : William Kibler | Article Source Bookmark and Share

Sahmira LeGrande, 10, wants to be a doctor. It looks like fun, she said, after viewing bottled tapeworms Wednesday at the launch of a bigger, better after-school program at the Fairview Hills family housing project. Sahmira had no idea the impetus behind the party was the smiling man in a green shirt like hers, walking among the popcorn- and snow cone-eating kids, and that he already was what she aspires to be, and that he grew up like her in a housing project. Dr. Zane Gates is extending his Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation program from Evergreen Manors in Eldorado, where his mom raised him to be ambitious, to Fairview Hills, so kids like Sahmira can benefit from the kind of adult guidance that was critical to his success. The guidance includes demonstrators like the lab technicians from Altoona Regional Health System who showed off the ugly worms and slides of germs to pique the scientific aptitude of about 60 kids in attendance. Fairview has had an after-school program for years, but it only drew about 15 people, director Joe Campbell said. The infusion of the foundation's money and guidance should boost attendance to as many as 40 regular participants, Campbell said. It also will help the program expand from three days a week to four and from 1 hours per session to 2 hours. It has allowed for hiring an assistant director to work 20 hours a week, whose duties include promoting the program and identifying and solving problems for parents and kids. It captured the interest of benefactors, including the Altoona Area School District, which donated seven computers; the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, which had booths at the launch; and Altoona Community Theatre, which hopes to offer participants theater experience, Campbell said. During the last two years, the existing modest program helped Sahmira, said her mom, Shahina Miller. It's made her more comfortable among other people, taught her how to get along and sparked artistic creativity. The Gates expansion will mean more of everything for more of their young neighbors in the project, she said. There are 170 kids between kindergarten and sixth grade at Fairview Hills, Administrative Officer Kathi Ardizzone said. Gates was in high spirits at the launch. "It's amazing," he said, looking around the Fairview community room at the kids. "Notice how comfortable they feel with the adults." His main lieutenant is Toni Bilik, the foundation's director. "Toni is like the Pied Piper," Gates said. "The kids are all over her already." She's actually quiet and gentle, the listening type, and she sat at a table on the community building lawn painting the cheek of a child. "A lot of wonderful kids having a good time," she said. The program helps by supplementing parental guidance. The leaders set rules and boundaries, shower attention and provide good examples, said Lauren Jacobson, instructor in human development and family studies at Penn State Altoona. Jacobson brings students to work at the program for the students' and participants' mutual benefit. "This is really neat," Gates said. Full Article
 
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