Trip to the Museum

The morning English as a Second Language Class took a recent field trip to a nearby art museum.  Most students had never before been to an art museum.  They wrote:

On Tuesday, September 14, 2018, we went to the Susquehanna Art Museum.  Most pictures by Romare Bearden that we saw talk about inequality of African American people.  We saw different kinds of art and especially two pictures about Martin Luther King and Troy.

In the burning of Troy picture, the enemy from inside the wooden horse attacks by surprise and burns the castle.  The picture about Martin Luther King shows him warning the crowd about difficult times in the future  Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.  Bearden admired King’s dedication to the civil rights movements. 

ESL Spring Activities

During the spring of 2018, the morning English as a Second Language class had several unique language learning opportunities.  Here are just some of their activities.  

Word for a Broken Nation: A Play about the Gettysburg Address

In honor of Presidents Day, students from the morning English as a Second Language class presented a short play to their fellow English students and to the morning High School Equivalency class and OIC staff.  In preparing for their performance, students learned about slavery in the US, the Civil War, Gettysburg the city and battlefield and Abraham Lincoln. 

Trip To The Pennsylvania Farm Show

The morning English as a Second Language class wrote this about visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show: 

"On Thursday, January 11, we went to the Farm Show.  The teachers and students went together on the school bus.  When we got there, the bus dropped us off.  We visited the animals like cows, sheep, chickens, rabbits, horses, and goats.  We saw the calves being born and many people took pictures.  The students and teachers bought food like French fries, milk shakes, honey, donuts, pizza, lemonade, cotton candy, mushrooms, juice, pie, and hot pepper sauce.  We walked a lot at the Farm Show.  After that, we came back to school at 11:30."

Here are some of the pictures. 

Our Visits To The State Museum

The morning English as a Second Language class wrote this about visiting the State Museum.

“In October, our class was in the museum when the fire alarm went on.  We had to evacuate the building.  We waited outside for 45 minutes.  Then the teacher called the school bus to pick us up.  When we were waiting, we saw the police and the firefighters.  When the teacher and students arrived at school, we said goodbye until the next class.  We didn’t like leaving the museum. 

On November 16, for the second time the class went to the museum and this time we could enjoy the tour.  We saw fossils of dinosaurs, antique cars and many interesting things from the history of Pennsylvania.  The class watched a video of the Delaware Indians story.  We shopped at the Christmas market.  We took a lot of pictures in the museum and enjoyed the tour.” 

Here are some of the pictures.

Celebration of Success - Graduation 2017

The OIC Graduation Ceremonies were held at the Zion Assembly Church in Harrisburg. The ceremony was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Fifty-six students received their high school equivalency certificates (GED/HiSET). Families, friends and supporters helped to celebrate their great accomplishment. You can see the graduates and hear their stories at our YouTube channel. Follow this link.

From Class to Market - A Community Engagement Experience

In August 2017, the morning English as a Second Language class took a trip to the nearby Farmers Market.  Before their trip, they learned vocabulary and conversations. After the trip, they talked and wrote about the experience. It was raining but the students enjoyed the outing anyway. (Hover over picture to read caption)

Visiting the Local Library

In September 2017, the morning English as a Second Language class visited the Madeline Olewine Library, a nearby branch of the Dauphin County library system.  To prepare, students talked about what they wanted to use or borrow. Many identified proof of ID or residence documents they would need to get a library card.  During the visit, several students received their library cards and checked out material.  Others used the computers or browsed magazines, children’s books and cookbooks.  The students suggested that the class return to the library again.  

Tunnel Greenhouse Reconstruction Project

Helpers from Penn State University Main Campus reconstructed the OIC tunnel greenhouse which was in disrepair. In one day they were able to dismantle the weather-worn greenhouse, replace it with brand new durable plastic siding and rebuild the structural supports. You can see from the pictures all the work that had to be done. Thanks Penn State! Later you'll see how the tunnel greenhouse and the OIC raised bed gardens were turned into a productive inner city garden.

Students and Facilitators at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church Adult Learning Center Engaged in Learning

Students at the Adult Learning Center are taught by volunteer facilitators. Some students are preparing to take their high school equivalency test, while other students are learning English language skills. The center is fully equipped with a computer lab and multiple individual study carrols where facilitators can give the students individual attention and instruction.