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April 2019

This Month at the Refugee Center and Community School

Jeffersonian Dinner:

Judith and Khem

The Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds was honored to host a Jeffersonian Dinner the evening of April 23rd at Namaste restaurant. Staff and selected community partners came prepared to discuss the topic of refugee and immigrant integration efforts in Lancaster County, and particularly how it felt to move to a new place, with its opportunities and challenges.

This guided discussion time was warmly received, and the Refugee Center is excited about the possibility of hosting more Jeffersonian dinners to help promote partnerships and connections within the community.

 (Pictured: Dr. Judith Wenrich, Millersville University Professor and Khem Subedi, Refugee Center Facilitator)

Community School Fast Facts:

Who do Community Schools Support?

- The whole child

- The child's family

- Learning both inside and outside the classroom

Reynolds Community School Strategic Priorities:

1. Communication

2. Community Partnerships

3. Parental Engagement

4. Possible Name Change for the Refugee Center and Community School

5. Increase Student and Parent Achievement


Upcoming Events:

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International Dinner: Thursday, May 23rd, 6:00- 8:00 PM 

Please join us for an international dinner in the Reynolds Gym. Families are encouraged to bring a large family-sized dish (to serve 8-10 people) from their culture, or their favorite dish, to share with others. The evening’s entertainment will include henna, dancing, cultural activities and a scavenger hunt with prizes!

We need your help! Know a restaurant or business that would like to donate food or prizes?

Contact Cate Gorham at

Stuff Your Face-Tival!: Sunday, May 5th, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Support Reynolds Middle School! Come celebrate the diversity of stuffed pastries in Lancaster—from empanadas to calzones, samosas to sambusas! Local restaurants & vendors will offer samples of their fare and compete for festival honors.

Open Streets Lancaster: Sunday, May 19th, 11:00- 3:00 PM

Open Streets Lancaster creates blocks of safe, car-free streets so that residents can walk, bike, shop local good, participate in spontaneous play activities, and get to know one another. Come wander and have some fun! Bring your kids. Bring your dog.
It’s Free!


Volunteer Opportunities:

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We need volunteers to help with Power Packs distribution. Distribution is on Thursday afternoons from 2:00 PM- 3:15PM.


Hygiene Program

Loice Byler, Refugee Center Cultural Navigator, facilitates hygiene workshops for students and families. During these workshops, she gives supplies such as new bath towels, deodorant, bath soap, washcloths, and new underwear for students.

If you would like to donate any items or volunteer for Power Packs, please contact Beth Boll at


  Shelby Miller, 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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