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Allegheny’s Campbell Doctoral Student

Antoinette Campbell, Case Manager at Allegheny House Group Home, will be gradu- ating May 16 from Alvernia University with a master’s degree in liberal arts and will pursue a doctoral degree in psychology at Chestnut Hill College this fall. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Alvernia College in Criminal Justice. Ms. Campbell joined Friendship House last fall. At Allegheny House, the Friendship House group home, she provides community-based services and counseling to children and adolescents and their families. She has worked in the field of mental health and mental retarda- tion for the past 18 years. A resident of Philadelphia, she is also a basketball official and supervises high school varsity sporting events in surrounding schools in the New Jersey area.

Children displaying a baby chick with incubato , are , front ro , from left, Alex L, Jon G Jr., Xavier M, Serenity F. and Darrius C.; Noah R. and Joey K. Standing rea , Jeanne Mer- rifield, MHT, and Sara Brzycki, Early Childhood Specialist.

New Life Hatches in Early Childhood:

This spring, children in the Shirley Hollenberg Early Child- hood Center, Classroom IV, incubated and hatched baby chicks as part of a Penn State Cooperative Extension Science Proj- ect, with instruction provided by Penn State throughout March. Children learned about the life-cycle of chickens, and did top- ic-related crafts. At the conclusion, the children received a cer- tificate and the chicks went to live on a farm.

Karla Manns, Early Childhood Program Manager

Parratt Making Friendship House Fresher and Greener

The greening of Friendship House” is underway, thanks to the consciousness of Trish Parratt, Pro- gram Manager for Foster Care, Maple St., who established the “Green Committee” for the Scranton site. The committee has raised everyone’s awareness about wasting natural resources as well as agency funds. This week, it was announced a Recycling Program has been extended to all locations, with the support of Executive Management.

Rittenhouse Child Contributes to PA Calendar Our client, Jade R., is an 11-year-old girl who

was one of the winners in a state wide competition from the Office of the Attorney General. Her drawing was for the month of January and she received a $200 Sav- ings Bond. The message reads: “You are too cool for

Drugs!” Joyce Parker, Secretary and Human Resources

Assistant, Rittenhouse

Sanctuary Care Using “All Your Strength”

A Baseball Analogy The little boy wanted to play catch with his dad. There was a stone in the middle of the playing area that needed to be moved. The youngster told his dad, “I’ll move it and then we can play.” He tried and tried but couldn’t budge the big stone. His dad asked, “Are you sure you’re using all your strength?” “Yeah, Dad, I am.” But still the stone wouldn’t move. His dad walked over, bent down and helped his son lift the stone. He said to his little-leaguer, “Son, until you ask me to help you, you aren’t using ALL your strength!!!”

A great lesson for all of us. We have resources we may not be using. We need to use ALL our strength, all our re-

sources. We need to ask for help.

“By taking the time to separate your recycling through- out the day, you could save the agency thousands of dollars in waste disposal, in addition to helping the environment,” commented Ms. Parratt.

Green recycling containers for newspapers, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles are prominently located in the lunch rooms and containers for office paper are placed in the copy rooms. The committee has also encouraged everyone to use office paper more wisely, not only putting it in the recycle bins, but actually re-using it to conserve money and trees.

She explains: “In our department, we re-use the flip side of memos and forms for internal communication. Then, instead of putting these sheets in the trash, we each keep a “recyclable” box in our offices and empty it periodically.”

“When I brought recycling up to administration, Patrick Ackourey was very supportive. The response throughout the agency has been great,” said Ms. Parratt. “We extend a special thank you to Maintenance also for their assistance in

making this program happen.”

“Earth Day” dress-down raised $100 to underwrite recycling supplies and other “green” efforts.

“We’d love everyone to join the committee, even if they can’t come to the meetings. They can be involved through e-mail,” said Ms. Parratt. For more information, call “Trish” at 570-342-8305, ext. 2058.

The Friendship House Staff Update will be published by Community Relations on the 15th of every other month. Department news, photos and other items of interest are welcomed. Material must be received by the first of July to be included in the July issue. Please send items to Marilouise Ruane, Community Relations Manager, at MRuane@FriendshipHousePA.org, (570-342-8305, ext. 2039) or to Maple, Scranton.

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