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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 24

National “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day” is coming up on Thursday, April 24. If you are a parent or adult looking to take a young person with you to work, note the 2014 theme “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future.” Preparing our youth for a rewarding future is not just a responsibility,…

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Reminder: Affordable Care Act deadline is 3/31

For those eligible to enroll for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act, don’t delay!  If you want healthcare coverage for 2014, you must enroll by March 31, 2014. Don’t miss out on 2014 coverage! If you have questions about eligibility, income guidelines, or cost you can visit , call 1-800-318-2596, or contact Lehigh Valley Health Network (,…

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McKinley Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team attends regional competition

The McKinley Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team competed at the PA Regional competition on March 15 at Deiruff High School in Allentown. This competition hosted elementary, middle, and high schools from all over southeast Pennsylvania.  This team of gifted 4th and 5th grade students gave an energetic and brave performance, along with hundreds of other…

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Raub Middle School Student Assistance Team Celebration

We were happy to help Raub Middle School celebrate the achievements of their student assistants at last week’s Raub Middle School Student Assistance Team Celebration night. Congratulations to Raub students for their committed support to teachers and faculty!  

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APN job opening – Resident Liaison

Position Announcement – Resident Liaison Posting Date: March 18, 2014   Department: Allentown Promise Neighborhood Supervisor: Dr. Yamil Sanchez, Executive Director Status: Temporary, Part-time Location:  Allentown Office   POSITION DESCRIPTION Allentown Promise Neighborhood is excited to share a job posting for a Resident Liaison.  The Resident Liaison will focus on connecting residents to Promise Neighborhood…

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New “A Brush with Kindness” program from Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is proud to introduce “A Brush with Kindness” program to the Allentown Promise Neighborhood. This service is an exterior home repair program that provides exterior maintenance assistance for low income homeowners. Projects will include painting, porch repair, accessibility and minor exterior repair services for homeowners in need. Projects will address…

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Meet our Resident Ambassador, Jayniece!

Jayniece is a dedicated APN Resident Ambassador who lives right here in the neighborhood. Both of her children attend elementary and pre-school in the Allentown School District, and she is passionate about their education, and providing a safe neighborhood for them in which to grow up. What Jayniece really appreciates about the APN is how…

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Learn about our new Resident Ambassador Program

Allentown Promise Neighborhood is pleased to announce that we have formed a Resident Ambassador Program. This group, which is made up of local residents and organizations that serve the residents of Allentown Promise Neighborhood will meet monthly to discuss happenings and issues in the community, and how to bring about positive change! Residents will also…

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Determining student educational achievement through annual state testing

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exams, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are statewide measures used to tell if students are achieving Pennsylvania’s academic standards in reading, mathematics, science and writing. According to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students must be 100% proficient in reading and math by 2014. The PSSA results…

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The importance of early learning and brain development

We wanted to share the article below by the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University about the importance of early learning for children, specifically children ages 0-3, and how it it helps develop neural pathways in the brain. “Why is Early Learning important? Simply put, a child’s early years lay the foundation…

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