Category Archives: Education

Home Stretch Helps Homeless, Expresses a Passion for Music

LSD - home stretchBahareh Khademi says she has found a way to give back the gift that music gave her. As the only Middle Eastern person at her school growing up, the study of music made her feel at home and opened new doors for her. She won the lead role in her school’s production of West Side Story, and went on to be a classically trained soprano, as well as a songwriter and wedding singer.

According to an article in the St. George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Khademi, now 26, was thus inspired to have her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme be a fundraising concert for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, which took place November 21st. The foundation assists both disadvantaged and indigenous youth in rural communties and juvenile justice facilities across Australia.

“I wanted to bring together my passion for music and my desire to help the homeless,” said Khademi.

Reading Carnival in Bryan

LSD - reading carnivalA ‘reading carnival’ and literacy day came to Bryan, Texas on November 10th, as a result of a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The event, which took place from 2-6pm in Sue Haswell Park, featured literacy-centered games and activities for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade, in carnival style tents.

A ‘storytelling tent’ featured a story from a professional storyteller, while ‘story circle tents’ featured books read aloud, with different books in different tents catering to different age groups. Another tent featured instruction in creating poetry and fiction, and general presentations featured story and poetry readings and recruitment of literacy volunteers. Read more at B/CS Reading Carnival.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Learn about Water

Thanks to Angella Breitenbeck and the project she is creating in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, girl scouts and boy scouts in Michigan will have the opportunity to understand how our water system works. Titled FLUSH!, this program will help scouts and their parents understand our water system through guided tours of water treatment plants in their area. During the tour, scouts and parents will have fun while learning about the science of water, water infrastructure, and the importance of this natural resource.

Says Breitenbeck “If the tours can inspire one child about science, the world, and the endless possibilities that are out there, then I’ve done my job.”

Charles Bellmore, Utilities Director and tour guide says, “Teaching the Boy and Girls Scouts of America about our drinking water and wastewater treatment systems is important because the Scouts will become the leaders of tomorrow who will inherit the responsibility of managing these facilities that protect public health and the environment.”

Boy scout tours begin March 16 and girl scout tours start March 23. Both girl scouts and boy scouts can earn a variety of badges and patches for their participation. For more information contact Breitenbeck at 734-462-3900 or angellab@paragonlaboratories.com.

Mensa Award Given for ESL Newspaper

Elizabeth Claire has received The Intellectual Benefit to Society Award from Mensa for co-founding an English as a second language newspaper and other educational material for ESL students. As her project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, Claire founded the newspaper, Easy English News, in partnership with Mariko Sasaki in Bergen County, New Jersey – Claire wrote the paper while Sasaki sold advertisements.

The paper’s intention is to make it easier for adults and young adults to adjust to living in the United States by giving them a simplified newspaper. Later, Claire grew the paper into a national, subscription based newspaper which now reaches 140,000 readers per month – all told, more than five million copies of the newspaper have been sold. Eventually, Claire also wrote five phonics books to help those with a very limited English vocabulary learn to speak the language.

The award will be given at the Virginia Beach Toastmasters Club. See more at http://elizabethclaire.com.

Leap to Literacy Charity Ball

When Tina Chu took part in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, she founded ‘A Worthy Cause’ (AWC) to empower people in being able to easily and powerfully donate to worthy charities, helping those organisations succeed in their missions, partly through ongoingly holding difference making, effective fundraising events.

AWC’s first such event is its ‘Leap to Literacy’ Charity Ball, which is taking  on Saturday, October 6th, at the auditorium at RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. The event is in support of two worth organisations: the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, and Learning Links. These groups have a history of providing underprivileged children educational and learning opportunities.

The formal dress event features performers from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and  Harmonie International, as well as local politicians and charity representatives. More information and tickets can be obtained from AWC or Chu at on tina@aworthycause.org.au or 0433 149096.

Got Books?

In Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, participants in Florida created a project titled ‘Got Books?’, designed to deliver books to children in need, specifically elementary school children in the tri-county area.

According to an article in The Observer, they teamed up with different local organizations, including a church, a Barnes & Noble, and a Boys & Girls club, to establish drop off locations.

The first iteration of the project led to 650 books being delivered to underprivileged children at Deerfield Park Elementary School – this success led the organizers to extend the project another six weeks.