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May 2011

Volume XVII Issue 8

Get to the Point
Perry Point, MD
An NCCC Atlantic Region Publication

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Inside this Issue:

Alumni Team Flashback R2 Getting Things Done Budget Gourm-“A” Service Learning Section Disaster Composites PT Corner Brain Food

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Raven 2 has a sense of humor.
Back row from left: Allie Harris, Katherine Ricchetti, Lia Daniels, Nicholas Walsh, Kevin Babcock, Ambrosia Barnette, Jesse Ford. Front row: Kiara Owens, Evan Allison, Mulu Gerima (TL).

Alumni Team Flashback: Raven 2 Dominates the Gulf Coast
By Kate Ricchetti and Jesse Ford

Mission Statement: Strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service
Class 17 Member Statement: I’m a member of the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. N-triple-C members are 18 to 24 years old and spend 10 months getting things done for America while developing their own leadership skills. We serve on teams to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, build homes, and help the environment.

Raven 2, voted absolute best team in the history of AmeriCorps, is thrilled to be tackling our first round projects in New Orleans, Louisiana! So far it has been an enlightening journey for our whole team. In the short period of time we’ve been here Raven 2 has learned so much about the impact of hurricane Katrina and the ongoing struggle to rebuild this great city. We’ve already begun to grow in many ways, focusing on developing strategies to ensure open communication and promote a productive work environment. During the week we work with the Community Center of Saint Bernard, where we man a food and clothing distribution center, help with odd jobs and have the privilege of running Tuesday night bingo night! We alternate our work days between the Community Center and a wetland restoration non-profit called Bayou Rebirth. There we lead groups of volunteers in wetland plantings, spread awareness at local events, and help the small organization with administrative tasks. Bayou Rebirth has also given Kiara and Lia Daniels the opportunity to socialize with the local nutria, or swamp rats. We live at the Cornerstone Pentecostal Church in Saint Bernard, hosted by the evergenerous Pastor Rustin and his amazing wife Genie. The church includes our bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, a rec-room with basket AND foosball, and a stage with a full sound system for Allie, Kevin,
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and Jesse to jam on. Team Leader Mulu whips us into shape three times a week with our intense PT training where the highlight of everyone’s week is watching Nick crab walk at super human speeds. On the weekends we take advantage of the historic French Quarter and enjoy the wonderful jazz and beignets where you’re sure to find Kate covered in powdered sugar and Ambrosia grooving to the tunes. Finally, we are delighted to announce the arrival of our new corps member, Brandon Clark, previously from Raven 5. A little birdie told him how much our team dominated and he just had to make the move to Raven 2.
To left: Allie Harris, Kevin Babcock, TL Mulu Gerima and Kiara Owens serving food at St. Joseph’s Altar Feast.


Flash Forward: Members of Class 17 Team Raven 2 below:

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Service Learning Reflection Section
Service Learning With Grocery Shopping by Mike Kern recent APD
Every week your team plans out a menu and selects a few members to hop in the van, drive to the store, and get the groceries for the week. It’s probably a task that already seems routine and mundane. It’s pretty easy to find a nearby grocery store with lots of healthy food choices. But for millions of Americans such choices do not exist. Many urban areas have become “food deserts” places where no local food is produced and even grocery stores are scarce. Residents of these inner-city neighborhoods are often lower income families and people of color. They are left to buy food only at corner stores and fast food chains. This unhealthy processed food contributes to the disproportionate rates of obesity, diabetes, and poor health found in these urban communities. It makes economic sense that grocery store chains hoping to make a profit would not want to set up shop in a low-income community. This practice where businesses of any kind refuse to operate in higher-risk, lower-profit areas is known as redlining. This is another example of how the institutions of our society discriminate against the poor and minorities. So the next time you go grocery shopping, take a look around. Who do you see in the store? What part of town is the store in and how many grocery stores are there? Are there farmer’s markets? Where are they and when are they held? Where does the food you purchase come from? Think a little more about the groceries you buy and don’t take for granted the privilege of purchasing healthy food. If you would like to further explore issues surrounding food security, urban agriculture, and our industrialized food system check out some of these documentaries: Food Inc., Fresh, The Garden, The Future of Food, and King Corn.

Budget Gourm-“A”
Creole Stew
*Vegetarian *Serves 12 Ingredients
2 tbsp. vegetable oil 4 cups chopped green bell pepper 3 cups chopped onion 16 oz. tomato sauce 1 cup water 1/2 cup fruit juice 2 tsp. sugar 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar 32 oz. kidney beans, rinsed & drained 6 lg. potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 in. cubes 16 garlic cloves, crushed 24 green olives, halved 2 bay leaves


Heat oil in a LARGE saucepan over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 min. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1.5 hours or until potatoes are tender. Stir occasionally while cooking. Salt and pepper to taste; remove bay leaves before serving.

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Getting Things Done!
New Disaster Teams
Below is a roster of the two teams (one team and one composite) that will be deployed to Alabama: Moose 6 & a Composite Team: Team Leader: Rod Swain Ben Pritchard: R3 Rachel Woods: R5 Aja Devlin: R4 Justin Wood : B1 Briana Courchesne-Owades: B2 John Miller: B4 William Dalencour: B5 Michael Jacobson Courtney Johnson M1 M4 Please wish JJ & Rod the best of luck in their mission.

PT Corner
Reverse Plank
Start by bending at the elbows and torso and tightening the abdominal muscles. Push into a reverse plank (on either elbows or straight arms). Hold for 30 seconds and work up to 1-3 minutes. After holding return to start position.

Dernard’s Vehicle Maintenance Tip
Air Filter Check: A regular check of the air filter will keep your van in the best spirit. The filter removes dirt and debris from the air so they won’t enter your van’s system. Dirty air filters affect your gas mileage and other parts of your vehicle like the spark plugs and emissions control system. If the material of your air filter is blackened, it is time to change it.

Blackened filters? No way.

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Brain Food: L&M Trivia
Brought to you by: Laura Mack Community Relations STL & Melissa Jabat Programming Office STL

Question: A solo dice game is played where, on each turn, a normal pair of dice is rolled. The score is calculated by taking the product, rather than the sum, of the two numbers shown on the dice. On a particular game, the score for the second roll is five more than the score for the first; the score for the third roll is six less than that of the second; the score for the fourth roll is
RAVEN 7 SHOUT OUT: This week we started our project with the City of Buffalo and we are excited to be staying at the Belle Center. We have a gym, cardio room, weight room, game room and cable to entertain us since we forgot Scrabble in Vermont. Please Buffalo 3 grab our Scrabble for us! And Julian’s phone charger!
RAVEN 5 SHOUT OUT: We love and miss you Wiley Biro.

Raven 3 we challenge

Arrange the numbers 1 through 9 on a tic tac toe board such that the numbers in each row, column, and diagonal add up to 15.

Tongue Twister: How many boards Could the Mongols hoard If the Mongol hordes got bored?

AmeriGourmet: The Cooking Corner
This week we are in the AmeriKitchen with the Soup Masters of B15

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
1/2 cup butter 1 onion, chopped 1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken or veggie broth 1 (1 pound) loaf processed cheese food, cubed 2 cups milk 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2/3 cup cornstarch 1 cup water