News Updates

  • Creative Activities, Fun Field Trips Highlight Summer Enrichment Camp

    Build-Your-Own Lava Lamp, Meet a Chinchilla and Foreign Pen Pals are among the fun events planned for the five-week Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center summer enrichment camp. Kids will visit the Larchmont Pool, Paws Discovery Farm, the Funplex, the Franklin Institute and a Trenton Thunder baseball game. Each week features a theme: health/wellness, STEM activities, nature/ecosystem exploration, multicultural week and music appreciation. The summer ends with a BBQ and display of all of the artwork and digital novels the children will have completed.

    Published on June 26th, 2017 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »

  • A Reflection by JV Margaret Cowles

    Working with such passionate, energetic kids has reinforced my desire to become a pediatric nurse and without ERLH, I would still be searching for this clarity of purpose. Fostering relationships with the kids, and teaching to the individual and not the mass, is the kind of innovative educating that makes Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center such an incredible place. I’ve taught everything: math, reading, sports, piano, filling out the FAFSA, career opportunities and even basic first aid! The Education Center fosters not only academic growth but personal, social and emotional growth as well through mentoring, group activities and emotional awareness and intelligence. Whether we’re cooking, studying or doing STEM experiments with the kids, I learn something new every day and I look forward to discovering more about myself as I enter into the second half of my year as a Jesuit Volunteer.

    Published on April 28th, 2017 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • ERLH Teen Directs New Art Club

    At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, 11th grade Ethel Lawrence resident Kayla Thurston asked if she could run an Art Club at the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center. The Art Club days have been a huge success, something the kids look forward to each month. It is certainly important for our education center to serve as an academic resource, but social and emotional development are also crucial. At the inaugural Friday Art Club, Kayla led our children to create Vision Boards, where they could think about their goals and dreams, and create a tangible record of them. This is a perfect example of art enabling us to express what cannot always be said in words. When asked about how she thought our children’s experience thus far has been, and what the success of her Art Club has been, Kayla responded: “I believe everyone is artistic. I just wanted to be the one to bring it out.”

    Published on April 20th, 2017 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • New Pull-Out Tutoring Program to Benefit MDOC Students

    An exciting new development has just begun involving our education center and the Mount Laurel School District. Our program has always been a supplemental educational resource that is available for the Ethel Lawrence Homes residents after school. Mount Laurel Schools recently invited the Education Center staff to come to the schools during the day to work with select students to improve their math skills. We will engage in co-teaching, pull-out tutoring, and side-by-side lesson reinforcement.

    Published on April 7th, 2017 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • 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 »