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Wonderfully Me Delivers Care Boxes and Cheer
On Friday, July 17th, Executive Director, Angela White along with volunteers, Alissa and Wanda visited a few program participants and distributed care boxes. The boxes contained household items such as paper towels, toilet paper, bleach and liquid hand soap. The products helped families slow the spread of COVID-19 while at home. Fresh fruits and snacks were included for the children to enjoy.
This act of kindness would not be possible without the generous donations of boxes and fruit from HOOBER’S produce in Reading, PA and Alissa for the homemade cookies.
Wonderfully Me Goes Virtual in Response to COVID-19
As a way for continued program engagement while social distancing is still in effect, Wonderfully Me has instituted a virtual platform to complete the program year. Instead of continuing the yearly program theme, “Uniquely You,” we have revised it to address the possible emotional and physical implications of the coronavirus on the girls in the program.
In mid-April, we held a Fun Family Fitness time where Marquita Danzi, owner of Track Yo Soul Fit, lead us through various exercise routines using items we had in our homes. This was beneficial to all who participated since we were adjusting to the stay at home orders in our communities.
Due to the continued social distancing and school closings, along with the uncertainty of a vaccine and the misinformation from the media, we aimed to reduce the anxiety many of our children experienced during this time.
This month, we hosted, Girl Talk: How are You Doing? During two separate sessions, 30 girls (ages 8-14) had the opportunity to talk openly with their peers about how they were handling the consequences of the pandemic.
They were also educated about coronavirus from Dr. Wendy Wallace, a pediatrician from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Natasha Ramsey, MPH, a Fellow, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Tazzarae Spivey-Mooring, Ph.D., a psychologist and owner of Diamond Counseling and Consultation Services, Inc. addressed concerns about their emotional health. Afterwards, the participants played a virtual game.
Finally, the June meeting will once again consist of family fitness time and then a no sew face mask will be made. The upcoming program year will begin Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 10am-12pm. The tentative location will be East Ward Elementary School, 435 Washington Ave. Downingtown, Pa. You can register at www.wonderfullyme.info or call 484-713-8254 with questions.
Wonderfuly Me delivering care boxes
Girls discussing how they are handling being home during COVID-19
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
On December 7, 2019, Wonderfully Me Inc. held its first fundraiser, An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Milestone Events in West Chester, PA. A display of the artwork by the girls was on display. The attendees dressed in their Christmas sweaters, danced with music provided by DJ Rich from Philadelphia, enjoyed catered food from Arrianna’s of West Chester, PA, and of course, held an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest where Stuart Ross was declared the winner. We would like to thank these businesses for their support in donating items to our silent auction: Arrianna’s Gourmet Catering, Designer Events, Sleeping Pretty, Sullivan Dental, Scott & Molly’s- Glen Eagle, Sheraton Valley Forge, and Wegman’s -Downingtown. A portion of the proceeds of the night’s events will be used for the girls programming.
December 2019 Meeting
The December meeting was entitled: Who Am I/ Self- Awareness. The session began with a Beach Ball Icebreaker where the girls, parents and volunteers tossed the ball while giving compliments to one another. The group activities and discussions empowered the girls to begin developing self-awareness. The groups had discussions and engaged in activities that would help them identify and know their strengths, weakness, emotions and understand their interactions and how to reflect on their day or actions. Journals were decorated and introduced to the older groups so they can be used at home for a way to self-reflect.
We thank Chick fil A Lionville for the food gift card that was distributed to the girls.
Welcome to Wonderfully Me, Inc.
After 2 years of preparation, Wonderfully Me spread its wings and opened its program doors for some extraordinary young girls. On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Wonderfully Me welcomed 17 excited girls and their guardians to East Ward Elementary school to begin the inaugural program year. The start of the program was delayed due to construction being performed on Route 30 Bypass. However, once the participants arrived, everyone participated in several bonding and informative activities and orientations. The girls enjoyed making custom butterfly-inspired wall hangings with the affirmation: EMBRACE, LOVE, SUCCEED. The inspirational artwork was taken home to be displayed to encourage the girls to realize their potential and to celebrate themselves and each other.
Angela White, the founder, is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the community to assist her in making her dream come true. From the Community Courier Editor, Francine Fulton, placing an article about the organization along with the solicitation for volunteers and participants to the partnership with Coatesville Kids to College After School Program providing free transportation for the girls in their program. Donations are crucial to the longevity of the program. The Farmhouse Coffee and Espresso Bar in Downingtown assisted the program by donating coffee,
biscotti and cookies.
The WME Board and volunteers look forward to November 16th as they begin a discussion on a topic that will empower, encourage and educate them in a safe fun environment so they can become better equipped to handle possible life challenges as they occur.
If you would like to volunteer or register your daughter (ages
8-14), granddaughter or niece, please contact Angela White at 484-713-8254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration ends after the November session.
Angela, Executive Director and Founder of Wonderfully Me, Inc. (3rd from right), had the pleasure of educating the members of the Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women Club's on October 9, 2019 about Wonderfully Me, Inc.
Angela with the Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women's Club President Lois Hall.