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November 2019

The Refugee Center and Community School

November Recap

Empowerment Banquet CollageWomen and Girls’ Empowerment Banquet


On November 16th, nearly 50 people attended the Women and Girls' Empowerment Banquet at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, hosted by Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds. Attendees included students from schools across the district, along with their mothers and sisters. The event began with a panel of powerful women, Tunza Salum and Elaine Moreno-Hernandez, who demonstrated the strength of single mothers in adverse conditions. Attendees then ate a delicious dinner and listened to guest speakers, Katie Surra (Thaddeus Stevens College) and Fran Rodriguez (Lancaster County Community Foundation). Finally, everyone wrote down what they loved about themselves and what their goals were for the future. They were then invited to share their dreams with the crowd and the majority decided to participate, in exchange for the lovely reward of a book. It was a highly inspirational and motivational evening.

Northbay Adventure Camp

Our 6th grade students had the opportunity to spend a week in Maryland at NorthBay Adventure Camp. Students got out of their comfort zone and tried high ropes courses, zip lined, and explored nature.

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Group of middle school children at Northbay Adventure Camp

Student Elections

This month students voted for their class cabinet and who they think will be the best representative student voice for their grade! Thank you to Randal Wenger from the Voter Registration and Board of Elections Commission for allowing us to utilize the ballot boxes for our elections!

THANK YOU for the ExtraGive

The Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds Middle School (RCCSR) partnered with the Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation for a successful ExtraGive event. Thank you to all who contributed in raising $2,500 for RCCSR.

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Freebies and More

Coat Drive

Reynolds Middle School received over 200 winter coat donations. Thank you to everyone who donated to ensure that our students and families stay warm this winter!


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Secret Angels

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Lancaster, Millersville University, and the Islamic Community Center of Lancaster for helping us to fill 130 Secret Angel bags this holiday season for our students at Reynolds Middle School!

Bags will be distributed to students on December 16th.


Free Citizenship Classes

Classes are ongoing throughout the year and free for all permanent residents (green card holders).

              Location: Reynolds Middle School

                               605 W. Walnut Street

                               Lancaster, PA 17602

              Date: January 7, 2020 – March 5, 2020

              Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

              Contact: IU13 Community Education


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 Connections, Communications, Social

Community School News
The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, December 18th from 5:45 – 7:00 pm. Come enjoy FREE food, share your comments and concerns, and meet other Reynolds family members!

Upcoming PTO Meetings:

PTO meetings will be held every third Wednesday of the month in the Reynolds Middle School Cafeteria from 5:45-7:00 pm. Dinner is provided!

  • December 18th
  • January 15th
  • February 19th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th
  • May 20th

Early Dismissals:

December 11th

No School:

December 23- January 1st

Winter Concert:

December 17th at 6:30 PM in the Reynolds Middle School auditorium.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at Reynolds Middle School?

Please Contact our Community School Director, Cate Gorham at 717-947-1660 to learn more about volunteer opportunities!

Looking for donations!

To ensure that every 6th grade student attending North Bay has what they need to spend a week away from home, we are asking for donations. Items that are needed include bars of soap, women’s and men’s crew socks, scarves, gloves, hats, washcloths, hand towels, and bath towels. Please contact Cate Gorham at 717-947-1660 to learn more about how you can help!

  Michelle Gonzalez, Community Education Newsletter Editor

The Refugee Center and
Community School at Reynolds
Reynolds Middle School
605 W Walnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17604

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