Stories

Meet Mr. Leigh, Kids Club Volunteer of the Year

What words come to mind when we think of Mr. Leigh?

Committed. FUN. Boisterous. Entertaining. LOVING.

 

Mr. Leigh is committed. For 5 years he has served faithfully alongside our community. As a volunteer at Kids Club he shows up twice a week, and seldom if ever misses a day or field trip. As soon as the school year started Mr. Leigh made sure we gave him a schedule of all of the field trips so he could move his work schedule around, sometimes even taking time off, to join us as a chaperone. From field trips to the trampolines, pool, museums, Mr. Leigh helps keep our kids’ safe, and helps ensure they have FUN!

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Announcing Dawnielle’s sabbatical

 
Dear Casa friends & familia,

 
I am excited to announce that after 10 years of life in Chirilagua, the Casa Chirilagua board of directors has granted me a three month sabbatical! As you read this I am in the first week of my sabbatical.

 
I am incredibly grateful for this generous gesture and wonderful opportunity which will grant me time to experience the joy of rest, reflection, refreshment, rejuvenation, and time to reconnect.

 
This will give me time…

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Pause. Celebrate. Together.

In front of her peers and community, Anna’s* mother and father begin their address to her, “Dear Anna—,” immediately they pause to collect themselves, their eyes welling up with tears. “We want to congratulate you on your first achievement in school. Your education is the best gift that we as parents can give you. We want you to keep on being a hardworking student, responsible, obedient, and respectful. We want you to fly high…because you have the opportunity and support from us. Our greatest pride is seeing you get an education. We love you.”

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Dreams Rooted in Community

Being firmly rooted in the community: this is one of Casa Chirilagua’s core values. Our community’s voice plays a vital role in forming our goals and strategies for achievement. Every three years we gather together in community to dream, discuss and plan alongside our neighbors. This year was no different, as parents and teens came together with our staff and a few board members for Casa’s strategic planning meeting.

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