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Attend the Freedom Wall Celebration THIS Sunday!

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, there is a community celebration occurring for the Freedom Wall that I would love for Scholars to attend. This event occurs from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the corner of East Ferry and Michigan (across from Performing Arts HS). The Wall has been painted over the course of summer 2017 by four artists: John Baker (born 1954), Julia Bottoms-Douglas (born 1988), Chuck Tingley (born 1983), and Edreys Wajed (born 1974). Each artist is a native of Buffalo, currently lives and works in the region, and holds a degree from SUNY Buffalo State. The list of subjects to be depicted is as follows, with each artist alternating panels for a total of seven works each by Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley, John Baker, and Edreys Wajed. Installation will continue through the summer of 2017. The individuals depicted on the wall include: Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure), Mama Charlene Caver Miller, William Wells Brown, King Peterson, Angela Davis, Bill Gaiter, Malcolm X, Alicia Garza, George K. Arthur, Al-Nisa Banks, W. E. B. Du Bois, Eva Doyle, Huey P. Newton, Shirley Chisholm, Frank Merriweather, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary B. Talbert, Reverend J. Edward Nash, Sr., Dr. Lydia T. Wright, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Monroe Fordham, Thurgood Marshall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Arthur O. Eve, Minnie Gillette, Marcus Garvey and Harriet Tubman. Scholars that attend will receive four hours of community service hours and are expected to be in attendance for a minimum of one hour.

Second, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. we have a limited number of tickets to see Malala Yousafzai for the University at Buffalo’s Distinguished Speakers Series. A champion since the age of 10 for the right of girls to receive an education, Malala Yousafzai made headlines when she was shot by the Taliban in 2012 at the age of 15 while traveling home from school on the bus with her friends in Pakistan. Now living with her family in Birmingham, England, she is internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Scholars that attend will receive four hours of community service.

Please note that to attend Malala, it is on a first come, first served basis and you must call me at (716)250-2451 to attend. In addition, if your Scholar will be attending the Freedom Wall celebration, please email me at mholley@buffalourbanleague.org or call me.

Warmest Regards,
Makeda Holley, M.S.Ed
Coordinator of Youth and Education Programs
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The "Give the Gift of Sight" Project Collected 225 Pairs of Glasses for Those in Need!

Another great event that took place this spring! The "Give the Gift of Sight" Project. This was a true school-wide community project! Melique Young, student government president, Mrs. Birkmeyer, the representative for teachers & staff and BUL/HSCS Community Enrichment Program staff set a goal of collecting 150 pair of glasses. We exceeded that goal and collected 225 pairs of prescription and readers style eye glasses! Several pair of sun glasses were also donated.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, representatives from the school community presented the collected eye glasses to Mrs. Arlene Tatum, who is a part of a committee that has adopted a village in Tanzania, Africa. Through her mission work, Mrs. Tatum and her church have raised funds to buy land in order for the village to build a school, raising money for the building materials to build the school and made it possible for the village to have water right in the village.

Mrs. Tatum has promised to send photos to share so that everyone can learn just how important this event has been to Tanzanian families.

Due to the success of this project... everyone agreed Give the Gift of Sight should become an annual event!

Thank you everyone for helping to make a difference in the life of another!

More to come at HSCS!
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Congratulations, HSCS Entrepreneurs Advancing to the 43 North Competition!

Several Health Sciences Charter School students competed in the Youth Entrepreneurial Preparation Program Small Business Competition yesterday, August 29th. The members of the winning team included: Jayla Corbin (HSCS), Sierra Brown (HSCS), Kimberley Patton (HSCS), and Ajia Daniels (HTHS). The coaches of this team included Mrs. Crystal Austin and Gabrielle Threet who are the Senior Case Manager and Employment Specialist for the Advantage Program at the Buffalo Urban League. All members received a trophy, a $100 gift card to the Walden Galleria, and will present at the 43 North Competition in October at Shea's Performing Arts. Congratulations, young entreprenuers!
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Check out this WBFO story with HSCS's Breanna Roberts!

Some Buffalo high school students immersed themselves in a special film making project over the summer. They participated in the Buffalo Youth Media Institute. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they premiered their short film The Civic Heart at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.

http://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=546042027:546042065
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STEAM Event Tonight - 8/16 (Click Here)

HSCS youth are a part of the team that put this event together! And... adults with a valid driver's license will be able to test drive a GM CAR! There will also be some STEAM activities for young and old alike!

Refreshments will be served.... Come out and have some fun!
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Enrollment Packet Completion Session Thursday 8/17

Attention applicants for the 2017-2018 school year, if you have not yet completed and turned in your enrollment packet, please join us for one of our upcoming Enrollment Packet Completion Sessions to receive assistance.

The next Enrollment Packet Completion Session is scheduled for:
Thursday, August 17th from 4-6pm

All sessions will be hosted at Health Sciences Charter School (1140 Ellicott Street) with members of our staff who are excited to welcome students and families!

Please remember to bring your birth certificate, a proof of residency, shot records, an up-to-date physical, and a dental certificate! If you have any questions, please call the school at 716-888-4080.
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Volleyball Try-Outs

Interested in the women's volleyball team?

Bring: A water bottle, sneakers, and wear comfortable sports shorts and a t-shirt.

Tryouts will be after school on Sept. 11 and 12 so start telling interested friends!
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