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S.A.F.E. Camp Visits the Early Learning Center

July 25, 2017

York City School Police’s S.A.F.E. Camp visited a few of our Early Learning Center classrooms on July 21. As they focus on a different theme or lesson each day, the campers were learning about the “circle of life” by spending time with the toddler and baby age groups at the ELC. The campers helped ELC teachers, engaged with the kids in their classrooms and outdoors, and pushed strollers on a walk around the neighborhood. Always excited for new friends, the kids quickly warmed up to the bigger kid campers, sharing toys, receiving pushes on their bicycles, and playing imaginative games. The three week-long S.A.F.E. Camp, in its first year, aims to teach York-area youth ages 9-14 about safety, accountability, fitness, and etiquette (S.A.F.E.).

Interested in enrolling your child in our NAEYC-accredited Early Learning Center? Learn more here.

How The Crispus Attucks Charter School Changed A Family

June 27, 2017


Robert, Jr., Kathy Jo, and Michael

For Kathy Jo Miles, the Crispus Attucks Charter School kind of runs in the family.  The lineage began with her niece, who graduated from the school about seven years ago. Next were Miles’ two daughters, who graduated in 2013, and then her son-in-law graduated in 2014. This past June, her “babies,” her two sons Michael and Robert, Jr., graduated.

All of her kids struggled in York City schools, Miles said. There was “too much drama,” which didn’t allow them to learn to their fullest ability, and they weren’t motivated to put in the effort to do well.

But when they started attending the YouthBuild-affiliated CACS, where students learn career skills firsthand, that all changed.

“My boys absolutely loved it,” Miles said. For the first time, they actually enjoyed going to school and sharing with their mother what they learned at the end of each day.

Michael is more serious, and Robert, Jr. is the clown of the family, Miles said, but they both thrived at CACS. With teachers who truly empowered them by being truly invested in the boys’ success, Miles felt welcome to be involved as a parent, too. During graduation, Robert, Jr., who could often be found joking around with teachers, made sure he got his picture taken with Mr. Aaron Beard, a fellow jokester and school staff member.

Post-graduation, both of the boys have applied to college and are waiting to hear back. Michael wants to go to school in Pittsburgh and become a police officer. Robert, Jr. applied to a school in Harrisburg and aspires to be a video game designer.

Their mother is confident that without their experience at CACS and with YouthBuild, they wouldn’t have wanted to apply to college. The Charter School gave them “a whole new outlook.”

NOW APRIL 2018! Calling All Artists for The First Goodridge Freedom Center Juried Art Competition!

May 19, 2017

This art contest and exhibition, to be displayed in the museum for the public, will honor William C. Goodridge and the Freedom Seekers who fought–and continue fighting–for freedom. All interpretations of the theme “Freedom Seekers” are welcome. See complete rules & deadlines here.

About the Goodridge Freedom Center: Located in downtown York, the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum is owned and operated by Crispus Attucks in the historic former home of William C. Goodridge. Goodridge achieved freedom from slavery as a boy and rose to be a prominent York businessman, Underground Railroad stationmaster, and much more!

York Mayor Kim Bracey Visits Active Living Center

May 08, 2017

Check out this piece from Fox 43 News for more.

We were honored to host York Mayor Kim Bracey at our Active Living Center. She spoke with our seniors about the City of York’s sewer rebate program, an initiative that helps eligible York homeowners offset sewer expenses and stay safe and independent in their homes. Applications for the program are due June 1, 2017. A representative from the city’s public works department said she is happy to talk with residents and will remain flexible to ensure those who are eligible receive relief.

Click here to learn how to apply.

86th Annual Meeting

March 22, 2017

This past Sunday, our community center gym was alive with chatter and excitement in anticipation of the Crispus Attucks 86th Annual Meeting. Over 100 people from around the area filled the room to hear what we’ve been up to this past year.

Center for Employment & Training Director Rev. Mike Jefferson emcee’d the afternoon and introduced Board of Directors Vice President Darrien Davenport to give the official welcome. Embracing the theme of “Celebrating Our Past, Connecting to our Future,” Jeffrey Kirkland, Crispus Attucks Association friend and history buff, laid out 85 years of our organization’s rich history and deep roots in York.

With an introduction centered around the theme of “bridging the gap” by Judge John Uhler, three local police department heads were each recognized with the Heart of Change Community Service Award for their roles in helping bridge the gap between police and minority communities in York. Springettsbury Township Police Chief Daniel Stump expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the award and his commitment to working with organizations like Crispus Attucks:

“If you have pure motives and a good heart, people will surround you because we all have the hope of having a better community,” Stump said.

Next, Crispus Attucks staff celebrating milestone years of service, ranging from five to 25 years, were recognized for their achievements. Much to her surprise, Deb Kopecki, CA’s HR Director the past 43 years, was also recognized for her many contributions and friendship, an emotional moment for all. Finally, to show our appreciation for some of our dedicated volunteers, we recognized ten more people and groups, including the Country Club of York and Women Living United, for all of their hard work.

We’re certainly grateful for and rely on the support of our community. To another year!

Photos by Chip Dalton. To see more photos, check out our Facebook.

Recognizing Heart-of-Change Partnerships

March 15, 2017

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Although policing is primarily a local affair, police-community relationships are not. With the easy share-ability of images and videos via the internet, events across our nation highlighting fatal police shootings and accusations of police misconduct and racial profiling, ripple far beyond the communities in which they occur.

The sad truth is that both sides have experienced brutality and, consequently, have reasons to feel angry and mistrustful. As expected, these feelings can further strain police-community relationships and undermine the cooperation needed to establish flourishing towns and cities.

Yet, in the face of these circumstances, there is still hope. Relationships can be repaired. Time and effort can foster goodwill and build trust.   

The efforts of York County police are a testament to this hope-filled future. They are seeking feedback on their roles in the community, volunteering in mentoring programs and investing in youth, all with the goal of bringing themselves closer to the people they serve.

This Sunday, March 19th, Crispus Attucks will honor the actions of Springettsbury Township Police Chief Daniel Stump, York County Sheriff Richard Keuerleber, and York City Police Chief Wes Kahley with Heart of Change Community Service Awards at its 86th Annual Meeting.

We hope you will join us! With the theme of “Celebrating Our Past—Connecting to Our Future,” this event provides an opportunity for Crispus Attucks and the York community to reflect on the past 85 years and come together in recognition of hardworking volunteers and staff, and bright partnerships for a promising future.

To learn more about how York County police are bridging the gap between themselves and the community, click here.

Passages on the Underground Railroad: Quaker Connections

February 27, 2017

Underground Railroad Quaker Connections

Friday, March 3, 2017

* at two locations and times *

5:30 PM: Talk on “York Quakers and the Underground Railroad” at the Goodridge Freedom Center given by Quaker historian Lamar Matthew

6:30 PM: Open House and Light Refreshments at the York Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse

Both locations open until 8:00 PM for tours and conversation

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   Goodridge Freedom Center: ​                                             York Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse:

123 E. Philadelphia Street; York, PA 17401                     135 W. Philadelphia Street; York, PA 17401


For more information contact:

Carol Kauffman for the Goodridge Freedom Center:

Chad Smyser for the York Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse:

Celebrating the Timelessness of Valentine’s Day

February 24, 2017

ALC seniors celebrate Valentine's Day

Some could argue that Valentine’s Day, like other annual holidays, gets old, but at an organization that provides services to those ranging anywhere in age from three months to 60 and above, holidays tend to be celebrated in different—and sometimes surprising—ways.

At the Early Learning Center, Pre-K Counts had a special storybook reader, Paula Gilbert, share her favorite Valentine’s Day picture books. Mrs. Gilbert, who is Director of Youth Services at Martin Library, is a pro at engaging children in learning. She came prepared with a curiosity-peaking bag of new books and a host of funny and entertaining voices to bring the characters to life.ELC welcomes Mrs. Gilbert for Valentine's Day

In between reading favorites like Little Mouse’s Big Valentine and One Zillion Valentines in her amusing voices, Mrs. Gilbert led the students in chants complete with hand motions to snip, fold, paste and deliver imaginary valentines.

Once the final story was over, the students showed off their real valentine-making skills by presenting Mrs. Gilbert with a giant card they had created as a class.

Of course, Pre-K Counts students weren’t the only ones celebrating. Down the street at the Active Living Center, our seniors had their own unique Valentine’s Day party.

In comparison to the Pre-K Counts classroom, the Active Living Center seems overwhelming.

The center, brimming with seniors catching up and enjoying the party treats, shakes with popular music.  A couple seniors, taking full advantage of the popular hip-hop and R&B songs blasting from the speakers, swing dance to Wobble Baby and the Cupid Shuffle.

Although some seniors had loved ones far away, they were far from alone to celebrate the heart-filled holiday. Instead, seniors enjoyed a cross-generational Valentine’s Day, appreciating their pasts along with the present community they’ve invested in at the ALC.

At the Early Learning Center, students might have enjoyed a cross-generational Valentine’s Day too, if had they listened closely enough for the thumping music and conversation floating out of the ALC.

Discover York’s Unique History

February 01, 2017

Goodridge February Freedom Tours

Bringing history to life, historian and reenactor, Kelly Summerfold will embody the home’s previous owner, Mr. William C. Goodridge, to tell the story of how he rose from his birth as a slave to being one of the most accomplished businessmen of early 19th Century York — and risked it all to lead others to freedom as a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad.

On Friday, February 3, the Goodridge Freedom Center, located at 123 E. Philadelphia Street in York, will be open to the general public from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Special tours with Kelly Summerfold are scheduled at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Space is limited. A modest fee of $5.00 is requested to reserve your place on the tour. Register online here, or make your donation at the door.

Honoring MLK’s Legacy

January 21, 2017

On Monday, January 16, more than 350 community members and government officials gathered at Crispus Attucks for a day of Remembrance, Appreciation, Service and Community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.  In his Drum Major Instinct speech, Dr. King said, “It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old. It doesn’t matter where you live. It doesn’t matter how busy you are. All that matters is what you do for others. Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

The breakfast program included inspirational messages in the form of music, dance and spoken word from Mini Greene, Calvin Fountain III and Koby Evans, Joslin Kearse, Fairview Full Gospel Baptist Church Praise Team, Friendship Baptist Church’s Mime Ministry – Chozen, and CA’s South Side Steppers Drill Team.

Following the breakfast, community members canvassed locations throughout York City to complete volunteer service projects, such as: 

  • Restore York (Carlisle Rd) – 4 volunteers organized furniture donations.
  • Covenant House – 10 volunteers helped to convert space into a clothing boutique for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Crispus Attucks – 10 volunteers organized storage space to support youth programs.
  • Clean Sweep – 30 volunteers worked to beautify Crispus Attucks’ neighborhood with litter pick-up.
  • Lunch Packing for the Needy – 4 volunteers helped Everyday Hope Ministries prepare lunches for community members.
  • United Way of York County – 40 volunteers engaged older adults across the community with conversation, games, and other activities.

Check out photos from this special event: MLK Day of Service 2017

Hygiene/Food Drive

The SpiriTrust Lutheran Senior Companion Program along with RSVP program of the Capital Region will be collecting hygiene and non-perishable food items for the York County Food Bank. Any donation is appreciated. Crispus Attucks will be collecting from January 9th – February 9th .



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