Pasadena’s Black Greeks hold a considerable position in the social and cultural fabric of the San Gabriel Valley. We are very fortunate to have such active organizations that are so totally committed to community service.
Toni Jones, from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., brought high school students, Taylor Holmes and Nadira Johnson, from their ASCEND program, to read and assist with crafts at Chocolate Storytime.
ASCEND, which focuses on students’ achievement, self-awareness, communication, engagement, networking, and developmental skills, is a youth enrichment and mentoring program for high school girls in grades 9-12. This free program is designed to help students to reach their full potential. Students in the program receive academic and cultural enrichment, global experience, and life skills training to support their academic and vocational pursuits.
Taylor, who is also involved in First African Methodist Episcopal Church’s performing arts ministries, read “Lola Plants a Garden” by We Love You, Rosie; Peekaboo Morning, and Busy Fingers, Leo Loves Baby Time, Did I Tell You I Love You Today? by Deloris Johnson and Roslyn M. Jordan and illustrated by Shane W. Evans.
Nadira and our Chocolate Storytime and beyond friend, Lydia Breen from Planet Earth Observatory, assisted with the art activity. Kids used ink pastels and recycled to create spring cards incorporating various types of lines.
Frequent guest, Dr. Diana M. Minto, a family practice medical doctor from South Pasadena, and her adorable son spent time with us. She will be our Chocolate Storytime special guest reader in the near future.