The Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation provides academic programs and services for students living in low to moderate income communities. Because social development goes hand in hand with academic progress, the Foundation also offers numerous enrichment opportunities to help students build a sense of cooperation, camaraderie, community, and larger purpose.
- Carrington Way and Carleton Court, Newark, DE
- Fairfield Commons and Middletown Trace, Middletown, DE
- Positive Points summer enrichment program
- College Scholarship Program
Through A Friend of the Family, Inc., the Foundation provides “homework club” style after-school tutoring, state testing preparation and enrichment activities twice a week right in the communities where the students live. The accessible location is comfortably familiar for the children and eliminates the additional burden of commuting and carpooling for caregivers.
A Friend of the Family’s approach to providing support includes:
LNWEF Scholarship Winners for the 2015-2016 year will be notified.
- Developing early, positive individualized interventions for educational and social development for children
- Consult with the schools on behalf of students regarding curricula, programs and counseling services
- Provides assistance and outreach to parents to facilitate communications with teachers
In cooperation with the Appoquinimink School District, the Foundation began funding the services of a Family Advocate in 2011. The Advocate works with middle and high school students living in these two communities and in the schools they attend. Working with the teaching staff on behalf of the students, the Advocate consults in the development of curricula, educational materials and lesson plans.
In 2006, Arbor Management, LLC’s Community Improvement Committee asked, “How do we keep the kids in our communities learning, motivated and safe throughout the long, hot summer and in turn help to improve our communities?” The answer was by offering positive choices through the Positive Points Program, an innovative summer enrichment and education program. This day-camp style program helps residents of the low to moderate income properties managed by Arbor Management, LLC experience the satisfaction of learning something new, while making meaningful contributions to their community, as well as the community at large.
The program began in 5 communities. Kids could earn points for positive behavior like attending sponsored events, picking up trash, handing out flyers, and more. At the end of six weeks, they could redeem their points for school supplies at the Positive Point Store.
The program became an eagerly anticipated part of every summer, building self-esteem in the participants and bringing the entire community together.
Over the years, the summer activities began to grow. Arbor Management, LLC brought in the Leon N. Weiner Education Foundation (LNWEF), which provides financial support for academic programs and services for students living in low to moderate income communities. Because social development goes hand in hand with academic progress, the LNWEF also supports numerous enrichment opportunities, like the Positive Points Program, to help students build a sense of cooperation, camaraderie, community, and sense of a larger purpose.
With LNWEF on board, the Positive Points Program then expanded to include seniors who were also residents in Arbor’s portfolio. The concept of mixing old and young residents together, both working towards a common goal, was enthusiastically received.
For example, in 2011 Positive Points’ participants spent the entire summer making gifts for US troops stationed overseas, as well as collecting donations of new personal care items like toothbrushes. The seniors in the groups even baked cookies! At the grand finale, an amazing 300 care packages were shipped to Afghanistan, sending a little bit of home to our fighting men and women overseas.
In 2012, the summer’s focus was on honoring Delaware’s veterans. The groups spent time with veterans playing games, entertaining through a mini talent show, and making things together. A “carnival” themed finale with games, a petting zoo, and more was held on the sprawling lawn of The Home of the Brave, a temporary residential housing site for homeless veterans. This was undoubtedly the highlight of the summer’s program for all of the participants.
In 2013, Positive Points’ participants were excited to “Go Green!” Learning about growing healthy foods and preparing nutritious (and delicious!) meals were the focus of many exciting summer events and activities.
That summer, the popular “Go Green!” theme continued with the construction of raised garden beds and planting of crops at numerous Arbor Management, LLC locations. Throughout the summer, guest speakers from Delaware Food Bank, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Program, and more, addressed a variety of healthy living topics. One of the most anticipated events – healthy cooking demonstrations – was held again this year at each site, complete with a recipe for a dish that residents can prepare at home, all made with simple ingredients.
Since its humble beginnings, the Positive Points Program has blossomed into a major coordinated effort that has included 19 apartment communities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and serving more than 150 residents of all ages.
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