When my daughter was nine years old, she started hearing bells ringing in her ears.I became very concerned. Called my Pediatrician who examined her and said that there was nothing wrong physically. He suggested finding some psychological help for her. I taught in the high school across the street from the NCJW/LA facility.I called and asked if they did counseling. They said "Yes". I quickly made an appointment for my daughter. We were assigned to a great psychologist whohelped her and our family.
NCJW provides our pregnant and parenting students with many services ranging from tutoring to providing art supplies and opportunities for field trips. Many of our students would have never had the experiences or enrichment if it weren't for NCJW. Melissa Tillman, the "Women Helping Children" coordinator for Los Angeles, has been amazing and diligent in keeping the program running smoothly and effectively for several years. McAlisiter High School is honored and privileged to work with this wonderful organization.
NCJW has been instrumental in establishing a tutoring program at our school for teen moms. Weekly and reliable classroom tutoring has made a positive difference with our students and their babies!
In addition, through their Women Helping Women program, our school has benefited by receiving much needed classroom supplies, field trips, books, attendance incentives, and baby supplies.
NCJW's program has made a tremendous difference at our school. Their professionalism, generosity, and flexibility make them a wonderful organization with which to work. The staff, teachers, and especially students truly appreciate their efforts and look forward to many more years of collaboration and support.
As a side note: because of this wonderful program, my family personally decided to donate many of our recently deceased mother's belongings to the NCJW thrift shops as a way to "give back" for all the great things they do for our school
Art Pals volunteers, from the National Council of Jewish Women, worked in my third grade classroom for two school years. The interactive program taught children about the elements of art, artists, and styles of art. In addition, the students participated in a related art project in each of the lessons taught. The value of the program was fully recognized, as my students transferred the knowledge they gained in Art Pals transferred to their learning in the areas of math and language arts.
Furthermore, the NCJW (Art Pals) supplied our school library with books. Each 3rd grade class also were given T-shirts and art books for use in their classroom library. We also were given a bus for a field trip to a museum.