A Parent's Perspective

A reflection by Angela Luke.

Over the last few years, Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM),  has been much like a family to my twin daughters Nia and Jordyn, and it truly has been a blessing. From attending KidSmart, an after-school program, four days a week, my daughters have improved academically, especially in math. BCM has thoughtful, caring tutors to help assist them with their homework.

During another program, StreetWorkz, they have learned to be more outspoken and independent young people. My family and I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child, and I am thankful my daughters have had the opportunity to be a part of the BCM family and community. 

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My family and I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child, and I am thankful my daughters have had the opportunity to be a part of the BCM family and community.

The skills they have learned have definitely made an enormous impact on my daughters' lives. I remember the year 2012 when they attended the summer program, SAIL, and how excited they were. At the end of the summer program they had a celebration like a banquet. All the kids showed their talents. They sang songs they learned, performed step routines, and shared spoken word poetry. My daughters faces were filled with joy over what they had accomplished. And, at that moment I noticed how important BCM is to the children on the East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park community. 

I want to personally say thank you for all you do. I am truly grateful.