In February 2009, we received a generous donation from the Jenny Jones Foundation to create the Penobscot Language Lounge. This winter, we were able to put the finishing touches on our lounge, transforming a barely used “conference room” into a dynamic and vibrant gathering place.
Thanks to Jenny's generosity, we now have a comfortable gathering place for all generations. Since outfitting our room with the new television, VCR/DVD, shelves, laptops, arm chairs, etc, the room has served many purposes. Mainly, it has been used every Tuesday and Thursdays for our hourly "Language Lunch Hour"; we have held special language workshops, and have been hosting a monthly "Movies and Munchies" program where we watch culturally relevant films. The teens find the lounge a cozy place in which to meet for our Culture Teens program, relax, eat pizza, all the while being immersed in language. Our Elders love the comfy armchairs!
Other contributions to our Penobscot Language Lounge came from Walmart and from our friends at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Indian Committee.
Thank you to all!
For more information about Jenny Jones donations, visit http://www.jennysheroes.com/heroes_20090213_mariag.shtml