News Updates

  • Meet Our New Jesuit Volunteers

    This year, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center has two Jesuit Volunteers: Meghan Murphy and Margaret Cowles. Meghan, originally from Denver, CO, is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She has a degree in civil engineering and is passionate about math, science and dance. This year Meghan hopes to incorporate some awesome STEM projects at Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center. She also wants to bring her love for dance to the center with fun dance classes and yoga exercises. Meghan is ecstatic to be here and has been loving every minute with the kids.

    Published on November 28th, 2016 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Can Mindfulness Help Kids Do Well In School?

    Many studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can lead to startling improvements in physical and mental health. It is known to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and even helps to improve focus as well as reduce behavioral problems in youth. This is particularly helpful for low-income children who suffer considerable emotional trauma and stress growing up in a household where parents live paycheck to paycheck and often suffer from anxiety or PTSD after escaping violent neighborhoods where homelessness, gang wars and crime are rife. Many families living in Fair Share Housing Development’s award-winning Ethel R. Lawrence Homes come from Camden, which is one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the United States.

    Published on October 25th, 2016 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »

  • Enrichment Camp Makes Learning Fun!

    Our six weeks of academically enriching summer camp were a huge success! Our Kindergarten through 5th grade students explored a multitude of interesting topics that were engaging both in a scholarly and recreational way.

    Published on October 20th, 2016 | Read more »

  • “A Reflection”  By JV Corey Hubbard

    I’ve always thought I would make a great first grade teacher. By first grade, students know how to behave, but they still have the energy, imagination, and quirkiness of small children. Thank goodness for this year. I’ve learned that teaching is not my cup of tea. Yet I remain so grateful for my year of service at the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center because my time has reaffirmed that I do want to be around the energetic chaos of children forever.

    Published on August 15th, 2016 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »

  • Building Community with “The Huddle”

    Everyone has bad days. Some more than others. On days like that, support from our peers is crucial. This need for a safe time for our kids, staff, and volunteers to express themselves and say where they’re at has led to the addition of a new activity which marks the beginning of each day at Homework Club: The Huddle.

    Published on June 20th, 2016 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »