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Parents: continue learning with your children when snow keeps them at home

During winter storms and snow days, engage your children in pencil-and-paper games such as Sprouts, Dots and Squares, and  Tic Tac Toe. Children will enjoy the challenging activity as well as your engagement with them, and will build great problem solving skills too. All you need is pencil, paper, and an eager mind. Look below…

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After a six-month national search, downtown Allentown non-profit organization Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has selected a new executive director. Yamil Sanchez Rivera of Reading, Pa. started the job on Monday, January 6. He comes to the position with an existing knowledge base of not only the Lehigh Valley but specifically of downtown Allentown…

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Allentown Promise Neighborhood and Community Bike Works

Allentown Promise Neighborhood will provide free bikes to children at Central, Cleveland, and McKinley Elementary schools during the winter and spring of 2014.  Fifteen children chosen from these APN schools will each receive a disassembled bike. Through the Community Bike Works program each child will have the opportunity to assemble their bikes during a 12-session…

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Holiday learning and fun for Little School and Head Start

It’s the season for sharing and caring, and throughout the holiday season, Allentown Promise Neighborhood wants to keep the spirit of learning and literacy fresh in the minds of APN children. So we provided 80 holiday gift bags were to the children and families in both our Little School Home Visitation Program, as well as…

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PBS-39 “Focus” segment featuring PNLV now online

Didn’t get to see the PNLV segment that aired last month on PBS-39’s “Focus” program with Ed Meehan and Dr. Kamran Afshar? Now you can watch it on that station’s YouTube channel. Our segment is at the very end of the program.

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The December PNLV e-newsletter is out!

Our December e-newsletter arrived in in-boxes earlier this week via Constant Contact. If you didn’t receive it, you can read it online here: You can also sign up to receive future monthly e-newsletters at the bottom of the homepage of our web site here: 

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This week at APN

The week starts off with Odyssey of the Mind team practice at McKinley Elementary School on Monday. On Tuesday the PNLV Measurement & Evaluation Committee will hold its monthly meeting to identify areas of need in the community through research and data collection. On Thursday, is the McKinley Elementary Leadership meeting with community partners to plan events…

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During its first six months, the new school readiness home visitation program known as “Little School” has begun helping more than 30 families in downtown Allentown prepare their children to enter kindergarten. Started in April by the non-profit Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley and its partner, Community Services for Children, the bilingual program (known…

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The holidays at APN schools

The holidays are a celebratory time of year for most families, but also prove to be a hardship for many. It is during December and through the winter months that McKinley, Central, and Cleveland Elementary Schools work the hardest to bring in donations for winter clothing, food, toiletries, books, and toys. If you have the ability…

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“Focus” segment re-airing reminders

Another reminder to tune in tonight (or set your DVR) at 7 p.m. to WLVT PBS 39 to watch a new episode of “Focus” featuring an interview with PNLV Board Chairman Ed Meehan and economist Dr. Kamran Afshar regarding the recently completed Cost of Quality Study for APN. In case you miss it this weekend,…

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