Congratulations to our 6th graders for winning the Golden Broom Award in the Newark Department of Public Works’ annual citywide “Slam Dunk the Junk” community service project. Students spent several hours cleaning up Lincoln Park, right down the street from the school. Our 6th grade students, along with their teachers, filled THE MOST large bags with debris, and won first place! Congratulations! We are so proud of you for “giving back” by helping the neighborhood around the school.
What a wonderful day! Nearly 1000 guests enjoyed an afternoon of food, fun, and community at our anniversary celebration! Thanks to everyone who supported this every special event, hosted by Link Education Partners in partnership with the Newark Department of Public Safety. Click here to read more and to view photos and videos from this amazing event!
Six Link scholars participated in Schools That Can Newark‘s 4th Annual Design Day Challenge at NJIT, joining students from several Newark schools. The participants were charged with addressing a challenge facing Newark – designing the next phase of the Mulberry Street Mall. In small groups (intermixing the students from the various schools), scholars brainstormed ideas and built models of their vision of the mall. Our students had a great time engaging in real-world learning and discovered that they can make a difference in their community.
Link is pleased to announce that Khalid Jordan, Link Class of 2006, will be the Alumni Speaker at Link’s Annual gala fundraiser, A Taste of Newark, to be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at NJPAC in Newark. Khalid, who is pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, will speak to the impact that Link had on his life.
After graduating from Link in 2006, Khalid Jordan attended Science Park High School for his freshman year before transferring to and graduating from Arts High School, where he was following the family legacy and majored in Television Production. During high school, Khalid played football for Malcolm X. Shabazz High School which led to an athletic scholarship to play football at Howard University in Washington, D.C. While at Howard, Khalid procured various internships with companies such as Sesame Workshop as well as BET (DC and NY) and other Viacom companies. After graduation from college, he moved to California to work in the entertainment industry, beginning his career in the mailroom at William Morris Endeavor talent agency. After three and a half years working in the Television Literary and Digital Department, Khalid gained employment as a manager at Mass Appeal and then landed his current position as a Creative Development Executive at Warner Brothers Television.
We are thrilled that Khalid will share his reflections with our guests at A Taste of Newark, and hope that his fellow Link alumni come out that evening to reconnect with him and with Link!
“It’s not about the accolades that you earn. It’s about inspiring those around you to do better. It’s your job to uplift people.” Link alum, Jeremiah McElroy ’08, recently updated us on what he’s been doing since graduating Link. Jeremiah attended Immaculate Conception High School before going on to get his ABA (Associates of Business Administration) from Essex County College. Currently, Jeremiah is working towards getting his bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the coming years. He noted that Link not only prepared him for high school, but also for college. When attending Immaculate Conception High School, he noticed that “all of the students who came from Link were placed in the top math classes.” The skills that Jeremiah learned at Link, carried through to the college level.
Outside of academics, Jeremiah continues to live Link’s Core Values each day. Specifically, he has found a passion for serving his community. Jeremiah, a Newark resident, has begun to serve the homeless population around Lincoln Park. He stated that “there are always people asking for food and money. I was tired of seeing the same issues with little to no change. I wanted to do more than just give the change that I had in my pocket; I wanted to do something bigger that would have a lasting impact.” This is how Jeremiah got the idea to hand out breakfast platters to those experiencing hardships. The first time he set out to serve the community in this way, he fed over 60 people. As friends and neighbors learned of his service, they began to gather donations to support his efforts. The second time Jeremiah served breakfast, he fed over 100 individuals. He said that his goal is to continue to grow and help more people in his community.
“I was surprised that Link wanted to reconnect with me. I wasn’t in the top of my class and I got in trouble a lot; but, I did something small and made a lot of people, including myself, proud.” Jeremiah is and continues to be a great role model for our current students and alumni.
Link’s Block Party, to be held on the street in front of the school on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from noon until 4 pm, promises to be an afternoon of fun, food, and friendship! The event will feature carnival games, a BBQ, live entertainment, Dunk-a-Teacher Tank, face painting, crafts, prizes, cotton candy, popcorn, ices – and more! Tickets for games and food are FREE if you pre-register for the event by September 29th. Click here to pre-register or send an email to email@example.com. After October 1st, tickets will only be sold at the door for $20 per person for a packet of game and food tickets. Additional food and game tickets may be purchased at the event.