White Pines awarded grant to work with refugee children

White Pines Productions has been awarded $3,500 by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing to design and implement creative programming for refugee children at The Spruance School in Northeast Philadelphia. This award supports a partnership between White Pines and HIAS, the program leader. 

Valeri Harteg, the HIAS Refugee Education Coordinator, says "The HIAS PA Refugee Education Team is delighted to continue its partnership with White Pines Productions. Together, we look forward to encouraging language development and creativity in refugee youth in Northeast Philadelphia!"

White Pines Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd said "We are deeply grateful to the Philadelphia-area employees of Boeing Corporation for their support of this wonderful program. Boeing is an innovation leader, and it makes sense that they would support this innovative partnership between White Pines and HIAS." 

Tina Budnik of White Pines works with kids at the HIAS program at Spruance Elementary in Northeast Philly. 

Tina Budnik of White Pines works with kids at the HIAS program at Spruance Elementary in Northeast Philly. 

Since January, White Pines Education Director Dani Bryant and White Pines animation teacher Klemintina Budnik of KXB Studios have been working with the kids at Spruance, delighting and stimulating them with theater and animation projects. "We are so excited to expand this work beginning in the fall, and continue to assist these kids and their families adjust to their new lives in America." says Dani. To learn more about this partnership click here. 

This work falls under a suite of programs White Pines offers off-site, away from its Elkins Park home base. These are the White Pines ACCESS programs, and you can learn more about them on the front page of our site! 

Thanks Boeing!