Ministry Opportunity–A letter from Esther Bernard

Ministry Opportunity–A letter from Esther Bernard

Dear Fellow Old Firsters,

During the 2012-13 academic year, I volunteered as a STEM tutor at Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA).  It is a small school (grades 9 – 12, roughly 400 students), a few blocks from North Front Street in Kensington, with an administration that is committed to recruiting volunteer organizations to assist its students.

There are currently three such organizations providing services to the school: 12Plus, providing college access, the Math and Science Coalition, providing STEM tutoring, and EducationWorks, providing AmeriCorps volunteers.

Old First members may be interested in volunteering with a new organization at KHSA:  the Intergenerational Mentor Program, which is seeking volunteers to meet weekly with a small group of 9th grade students to monitor each student’s performance and identify any remedial steps (extra tutoring, asking teachers for help, intervention at home etc.) necessary to enable the student to succeed in his/her classes.

I found my first year at Kensington deeply rewarding, and I plan to continue my involvement there.   I became very fond of the students, and of the staff, who were enormously appreciative of whatever help I could offer.  It’s been very interesting, and allowed me to share the blessings that for some reason God has bestowed on me with those who are less fortunate, as well as to resume Old First’s ministry to the Kensington area.

If any of you are interested, or know someone who might be, in becoming an Intergenerational Mentor at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, please e-mail me at, or call me at 267-879-8593.


Esther Bernard