Thank you to everyone who came out to support BCCA yesterday at our annual Spring Fling Hat Luncheon and Fashion Presentation at the Garden City Hotel! It was a fabulous event and would not have been possible without the hard work of all our supporters! A special thanks to Neiman Marcus- Roosevelt Field for providing the fashion presentation.
It was an incredibly moving Mother's Day at Anna House! Our students put on a concert for their mothers where they sang songs, read poems, and told everyone why they love their mother so much! They then presented them with pictures and flowers they had grown themselves.
This weekend all our students celebrated Earth Day with a fun and educational project. First, they each decorated their own recycled container. The younger children used stickers, which helped develop their fine motor skills. They were then provided with soil and seeds to plant in their containers. This project showed our children how fun recycling and caring for our planet can be!
This year we celebrated Easter a little early at Anna House! We are so thankful to all our supporters and Community Partners. We would especially like to thank the National Charity League-Garden City Chapter for putting together these amazing Easter baskets for each of our children and teachers!
We are proud to announce that one of our students, Chelsea, in our after-school tutoring program recently received the Brotherhood Award! From amongst all her peers, Chelsea was chosen by both her principle and her teachers to receive this award. This award is presented to someone that not only strives to excel in school, but also shows the importance of being kind to others and helping out in the community. These are characteristics that BCCA finds truly important and inspiring and we are so proud when one of our students exhibits them so well.
This week we were fortunate to have some amazing visitors at Anna House. Local Brownie troop 1483 organized a surprise egg hunt for our school age students! After the exciting hunt, all the children participated in an arts and crafts project. It is so important to us that our children connect with members of the local community and understand the importance of giving back. Seeing these young girls come and do something so generous for us was truly inspiring!
BCCA is so proud of our Anna House mothers for completing the first Women's Literacy session! The mothers were able to expand their English vocabulary while also gaining confidence in communicating with others in their everyday life. When the mothers were asked what they enjoyed most about the class, here were a few of the responses:
"My children now enjoy reading with me and sharing stories about what they do in school."
"I enjoy learning English and spending more time reading with my children and with my teachers and my classmates."
"I used to be afraid to answer the telephone in English, but now I have more confidence to communicate with others and my children have noticed this new change in me."
We are so grateful to the New York Women's Foundation for helping make this amazing program possible!
BCCA is proud to announce that our Executive Director, Joanne K. Adams, was the Women: Trailblazers in the New Millennium honoree for District Fourteen of the Nassau County Legislature's 19th Annual Women's History Month Awards!
BCCA would like to thank the Hagan-Kavanagh Irish School of Dance for joining us at Anna House today. Our students spent the morning creating their own St. Patrick's Day hats and then got to finish off their day with an amazing dance performance! Wishing you St. Patrick's Day luck on finding your own Pot of Gold from all of us at Anna House.
In honor of one of BCCA's favorite author's, Dr. Seuss, the children celebrated his birthday today by reading his books, sampling green eggs and ham, and creating their own Cat in the Hat top hats!
Teaching our students to give back and show compassion to one another has always been important to all of us here at BCCA, so this Valentine's Day all our students sent handmade cards from the heart to the children of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!
To continue the Valentine's Day celebrations the parents joined us at Anna House for a party and crafts with their children. They made collages and paintings and were able to document the festivities by taking pictures in the "selfie frame" the children made!
BCCA is proud to announce the start of our new Women's Literacy Program. The program meets every Tuesday at Anna House and is open to all the mothers of BCCA students wishing to improve their English speaking skills. We would like to thank the New York Women's Foundation for helping us make this amazing opportunity possible!