Initiated by the Winthrop Parent Council nearly a decade ago, the TREE OF LOVE begins with a Charlie Brown looking tree that is placed in the Lighthouse main office at the Winthrop Campus. The tree is decorated with ornaments or "leaves". Each leaf of the tree has a label on it that indicates the family composition with age and gender only.
A person takes a leaf
from the tree and puts together gifts for "their family".
Unwrapped gifts are returned in a gift bag, all of the gift bags are
then picked up by a staff member from the shelter and delivered to
the families at the shelter's holiday gathering.
Holidays everyone! This time of year is always a warm and special
time for us and I hope it will be for you as well. Let us all begin
to take a moment to slow down and reflect on the year and look
forward to a new year ahead. Leading Sesame Flyers into 2019 I look
forward to the New Year with optimism and confidence. 2018 was a
great year for Sesame and our community at large. With a focus on
our Legacy over the past 35 years, we expanded our staff and placed
greater focus on our vision to continue servicing our community for
another 35 years and beyond. I am pleased to share that our reach in
the community is ever expanding. More and more people are beginning
to discover that Sesame Flyers is a Mas Camp and so much more. We
have made focused and strategic efforts to educate our community on
all the free offerings we provide and we are seeing the fruits of
our Labor. We are now attracting a wider variety of people who wants
to work with and partner with Sesame on their events, projects and
initiatives. I am proud to share that we have also been actively
recruiting additional members to our board and advisory board in
small intimate events designed to give people a deeper and personal
understanding of Sesame Flyers. As we close out 2018 I would be
remiss if I did not acknowledge those that we unfortunately lost
this year as well, which for those closest to them can find this
time of year particularly challenging. For those we have lost, on
behalf of Sesame Flyers we send our love at this time and hope the
Season of giving and merriment brings your warmth, joy and cheer.
Ms. Ruth Harte is an exceptional employee. She works with relentless
dedication as a Case Planner for Sesame’s Center For Family Support
Beacon Preventive Program. Ms. Harte has been assisting the program
with sustaining families and preventing placement or replacement of
children in foster care since 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a
teacher assistant for the agency’s Bildersee Beacon Program.
Throughout the years, past and present, supervisors have confirmed
the joy of supervising Ms. Harte. She is the type of employee that
follows through with directives, respectfully challenges injustices
and remains a strong advocate for her families. Ms. Harte has also
served as a positive example and role model for her co-workers, past
and present. She has been displaying duties reserved for that of a
Senior Case planner for years.
On Monday, November 19, Lighthouse participants and parents streamed into the Winthrop Beacon with trays of food and drinks for the Annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Participants were greeted with festive decorations & Thanksgiving themed activities to complete with their parents. It was a pleasure to see parents engaged with their children to ensure the activities were done correctly. The real fun began when it was time to eat. Participants, parents & staff all came back asking for seconds. We can only applaud the chefs that contributed to our stomachs.
Ms. Simone & Ms. Turner would like to thank the parents for sharing
their children. They would also like to thank the staff that
contributed and assisted during the Thanksgiving Potluck. Without
them, the event surely would not have been such a great success.
Sesame Flyers International is proud to share the we partnered with
Vernon Films, the British production company and team behind
critically acclaimed Chuck Norris vs Communism (Sundance 2015,
distributed by Netflix). We assisted them in casting aspiring young
actors for an upcoming hybrid feature documentary project, A Cops
and Robbers Story. This feature tells the inspiring story of long
time friend of Sesame Flyers, Corey Pegues, former drug dealer
turned Commanding Officer of the 67th Precinct. He is now retired,
however he stills serves the community. He is an Author,
Motivational Speaker, Community Leader, and Expert on police related
topics. Many young people came out for the casting looking for a
chance to be seen on the big screen. Filming has begun as of
December 4th 2019. The movie is slated to be released Fall 2019.
Two teens from our community were shot hours apart in Flatbush on
Halloween. The first shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. on Hillel
Place near the intersection of Flatbush Avenue. It left a
14-year-old boy in the hospital. Police say there was an argument
between a group of teenagers when someone pulled out a gun and shot
the teen in the face. He is expected to survive. About three hours
later and less than a mile away, there was another incident that
left a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the leg. That
incident occurred near East 23rd Street and Ditmas Avenue. The
victim started running after the shooting and was found unconscious
a few blocks away. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
A rally was called for unity at the site where the first teen was
shot. Several community based and faith based organizations came
together under the leadership of City Council Member Jumaane
Williams. The rally brought out several people as well as media
coverage. Sesame Flyers was proud to stand with our community to
lend our voice to bring an end to gun violence.
Sesame Flyers opened its
doors to support the community with the basics in trading in the
stock market. The event was both informative and fun. The workshop
was lead by volunteer Georgette Brown, a professor at Munroe
College. The attendees expressed interested in additional workshops
and having financial education and literacy as an ongoing series. We
are currently working with financial experts and leaders in the
community to discuss and develop additional workshops. We look
forward to this endeavor, we will keep you posted of upcoming
The Winthrop Beacon was
happy to host the men and women of Local 100 in having a public
forum with the candidates for Train Operator Chair. Slates and
independents running for office came to discuss important issues
that are impacting the MTA. If you have an organization that is need
of space to hold free events that positively impact the community
please contact us. We are happy to discuss it with you.
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