Thursday, May 29, 2014

#REAL #Puppets at the Lynn Public Library with #Judith #O'Hare

Judith O'Hare, a board member of The REAL Program, will present a puppet show on Saturday morning, 5/31, at 10:00 at the Lynn Public Library as part of the celebration of reading in the month of May. This event is offered as a collaborative of Lynn READS and the Lynn Public Library. 

JESSICA’S FRIENDS is a participatory puppet play presented by Judith O’Hare of the YOU AND ME PUPPETS and your children.  It is a full theater production that includes children from the audience who manipulate rod puppets and marionettes within the context of the story.  It is designed for young children aged 3-9 and presents ideas and concepts that are part of the early childhood and early primary experience.
     The story is about a princess who wants a friend. She “wishes" for a friend and her mother tells her that she will “command" someone to be her friend. BUT when her toys come to life, she learns from them that “ You gotta be a friend to get a friend". You can’t just “ wish" for a friend or “ command" a friend. You have to care and you have to share.

All kinds of activities, books and fun will be available for children in addition to the puppet show:  West African Drumming and Singing will give "reading a voice" in the city this Saturday..HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#Maya Angelou- #REAL #THANKS

With great respect for Dr. Maya Angelou who died today at age 86 years..."you can't use up creativity..."; artist Lisa Congdon.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!

The REAL Program wishes to remind you to  enjoy time with your families and friends in this season of graduations, celebrations and remembrances of important people!
The REAL Program is committed to helping more enjoy that graduation experience!

Sunday, May 18, 2014


The #REAL summer program is posted at

Save the date:  The REAL Event is our first fundraiser

Saturday, 10/18/2014, at Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms

Litzy is a great student. She is a great friend; sister; cousin; #REAL helper!

Friday, May 16, 2014

#REAL Students Help Each Other

Sampierre and Manny are #REAL ushers for our play that was written, directed by and acted by elementary students.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congratulations to the #REAL Student Director

Third grader, Sydney Porter, co-wrote, directed, and MC'd The REAL Program's play performed yesterday for the last day of the semester's event. The #REAL students work hard at school and they have fun and learn together at The REAL Program.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

#REAL Presents The Puppy Tale (Honesty is the Best Policy)

Invitation to come and see young students of The REAL Program to view the play they wrote; they directed; they produced; they will share!

When:  Wednesday, 5/14/2014 from 3:30-4:30

Where: The REAL Program at Congregation Ahabat Sholom
151 Ocean Street
Lynn, MA 01902

Please dress up to attend our debut!

Sharon Fosbury helping out with some of our #REAL stars!

Sunday, May 11, 2014


To all the #REAL children's mothers! 
To all the mothers and special caregivers that dedicate themselves to raising children....


Friday, May 9, 2014

Have a Wonderful Summer to all of our #REAL college students!

It is hard to believe that it was one week ago that we had a #REAL blast at Gordon College with our #REAL families from Gordon College. THANK YOU GORDON COLLEGE STUDENTS. We miss you already and we hope you have a wonderful summer. Please follow our summer fun at

Friday, May 2, 2014

Getting Ready to go to Gordon College for #REAL

It is the night before our little kids go to college. The little kids are students primarily from the Brickett School who attend The REAL Program at Congregation Ahabat Sholom at 151 Ocean Street in Lynn. Tomorrow 34 children and 16 adults (moms, dads, aunts, uncles and #REAL volunteers) will form a car pool processional to drive to Wenham.  The thirty minute drive is one that many of our volunteers do in order to come to Lynn but our little kids have not been that far away from their neighborhoods. The Gordon College students participate in a service learning class as a freshman and many of them have never experienced urban life. Learning about each other's communities and neighborhoods is the theme for our visit to Gordon College tomorrow. The little kids will learn about the college student's neighborhood of a college campus including a dorm, the college library and the gym with some basketball playing followed by some pizza. Many of these families have not had the opportunities to help them in education. Many of the parents had to leave school at an early age in order to help put bread on the table when they were not much older than some of our #REAL kids. The parents of the kids are just as excited to join us tomorrow as the little kids. So off we go! Look for the photos tomorrow for #REAL.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May- Your Day be Great! READ!

It is hard to believe that we are looking at the calendar and it says May 1st, however, it is bleak and wet outside! The colors of the flowers in the garden are the only hint that it is indeed spring! Today we will give the children their May READING LOG that is a collaborative of a group of organizations who dedicate their lives to helping others. The Lynn Reads will celebrate literacy with children on Saturday, May 31st and we anticipate the #REAL kids to be the SUPERHEROES of Lynn when they read all their books every day!!!

Today our #REAL plan is to play bingo with our kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn- not until we have read for 10-15 minutes to start! Thankfully we have our dedicated volunteers in Mrs. Brown, Jay, Emma, Ashley and our superhero, Mrs. Lemelin!

Jay Keshevan has been a dedicated volunteer this whole year at The #REAL Program. Jay is entering his junior year at the University of Maine, Farmington in the fall. Here he is pictured with a very bright young guy, Chris, who is a great reader at the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn.