Black Law Students Association News
On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, our BLSA chapter volunteered at the West End School. The West End School is a free, private, Kindergarten through 8th grade school for Louisville's at-risk, male youths. The school is located in the heart of the West End neighborhood of Louisville, KY. The school was started by Robert Blair (the headmaster) and his wife, Debbie Blair, to provide an academically rigorous education to youth in the neighborhood. The majority of the students attend school there during the day and return home at the end of the day and on the weekends. However, the males in 6th grade through 8th grade remain at the school all day and night during the week, return home on Friday night, and then return back to the school on Sunday night.
We had dinner with the young middle school students for an hour to get to know them. There was an order and structure for everything: the boys had to allow us as their guests to get served dinner first, everyone stood behind their chairs until everyone was served, the boys pulled out our seats, and the headmaster designated a student to pray over the dinner. We got a chance to hear firsthand from the boys what it was like to be at that particular school, what their goals were, what colleges they considered attending, and learned a lot about their personalities. The kids got a chance to get to know us by asking us questions about why we decided to attend law school, where we grew up, and our various favorite sports teams. A sense of trust was built before we were to go individually with some of the students in various classrooms to tutor them.
After dinner, students were sent to us in the various rooms, and we assisted them with their homework. We tutored the boys in a variety of subjects from history, to math, to reading; we helped them tackle learning about the four regions of Malaysia to learning about how to do algebra equations and the order of operations. After a couple of hours of tutoring, we had to say our good-byes, even though the boys were relucatant to let us go. Overall, the service directly benefitted the Louisville community, and our BLSA chapter was ecstatic that we were able to make a positive impact on those boys' lives.
"To many, a pull tab is just a piece of aluminum with one purpose - to open a can, but to the Ronald McDonald House Charaties of Kentuckiana, the pull tab is a valuable resource. Why? Collected pull tabs are recycled; generating much-needed funds to support the House, Family Rooms, and the nearly 2700 families we serve each year.
Families staying at Ronald McDonald House are asked to pay only $15 per night and no one is turned away. The actual cost to house a family is over $70 per night. Our pull tab recycling program is one of the ways we generate funds to helo underwrite the cost of a families night stay.
How You Can Help
- Begin saving your aluminum pull tabs found on beverage cans
- Place collected tabs in a container, such as a cardboard box or Tupperware container
- Drop your tabs at any Louisville-area McDonalds Resturant or Ronald McDonald House
Pull Tab Facts
- One pund = 1,526 pull tabs
- One foot = 12 pull tabs
- One mile = 63,360 pull tabs
Teachers and School Advisors
- Join our Save-a-Million program!
- School Curriculum Guide available for classroom use
For more information about the above programs, please contact Rebecca Washer, 502.561.7657 or Rebecca@rmhc-kentuckiana.org"
There is currently a collection box in the student lounge downstairs near the coffee. There will later be a collection box in the faculty lounge as well.
BLSA is helping the Ronald McDonald House & Ronald McDonald Family Rooms with their 2013 Wish List. We will be collecting items that they need, and then deliver those items to them. Please help in this donation drive by donating the items below. There will be a reserved area in the refridgerator for the food items, and those items will be delivered throughout the month. If you cannot locate the drop locations, please deliver the items to any member of BLSA and they will drop the item off in the appropriate location. Thank you for your support.
The following items are needed at Ronald McDonald House & Ronald McDonald Family Rooms to help families maintain their health and well-being while staying as guests at the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms:
Food Items: Cleaning Supplies/Kitchen Needs:
*Butter *Swiffer supplies (wet and dry floor cloths)
*Individually packaged snacks *Dispoable gloves
*Baking supplies *Dishwasher Detergent
*Icing *Paper Towels & Toliet Paper
*Individual microwave meals *Small Brown Paper Lunch Bags
Assorted breakfast cereals Furniture Polish
Ramen Noodles Disinfectant spray
Assorted variety chips/cookies 8 & 12 ounce Styrofoam cups
Fresh fruits & vegetables Laundry detergent
Salad dressing (Ranch) Large Food storage containers
Cooking spray Ziploc sandwich/freezer bags
Flour Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Crackers Paper plates & bowls
Tuna Clorox Bleach Gel Pens
Office Needs: Other Essentials:
8.5 x 11 copy paper *Garbage bags: 10, 13, 30, & 55 gallon
Colored copy paper 40 Watt Light Bulbs
Batteries: AA, AAA, & D Feminine sanitary pads
Avery 5160/5262 labels Razors
*Denotes items the Ronald McDonald House has the greatest need for at this time.
The box will be in the Mosaic Lobby from September 23, 2013 till October 21, 2013.
BLSA will be delivering the items to the Ronald McDonald House on October 22, 2013.
- Miranda S. Ratcliffe, President
- Gayle Johnson, Vice-President
- Nick McLeod, Treasurer
Thursday, February 21, 2013
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Learn how YOU can be involved through Street Law (for public service credit) or Marshall-Brennan Civil Liberties (for academic credit) and other activities in teaching at Central High School Law and Government Magnet. Current law students involved in the programs and students from Central will share their experiences in these programs, which began in 2007-2008.
Co-sponsored by the: Central High School Partnership, Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association, and Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service
Two Mentoring Events that are Happeneing In March, 2012
See the Event Calendar for details
Panel on mentoring sponsored by the Student Bar Association
Wednesday March 7
What’s the difference between a mentor, a role model, networking, and a person who serves as a reference? How do you find a mentor? How do mentoring relationships work? Leaders in the legal profession will provide their perspectives on mentoring at an SBA sponsored panel.
Moderator: Professor Laura Rothstein
Speakers: Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisa Abramson
Bobby Simpson, Corporate Counsel, General Electric; President Louisville Bar Association
Reserved Speed Mentoring program
Requires application to be submitted to Professor Laura Rothstein by Thursday, March 1.
Cox Lounge – 5:30-7:00
Members of the bar will have 6-8 minute conversations with students (like a speed dating program). Students will speak to each mentor.