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Vol. LXIII, No. 15
July 22, 2011

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Leadership Group Helps Families at Children’s Inn
Glycosciences Research Day featured a poster competition with over 60 abstracts.
The Children’s Inn’s Holly Lotwin (l) and Jean Lewis of Emerging Young Leaders show crafts made by youngsters.

A group of Howard County middle school girls recently spent a Saturday making various crafts for children and families at the Children’s Inn at NIH. The young ladies are members of Emerging Young Leaders (EYL), a program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. EYL helps middle school girls become tomorrow’s leaders through academic enrichment, civic engagement, leadership development and character-building.

Along with the Iota Lambda Omega chapter in Columbia, Md., and the support of inn staff, the volunteers made placemats that featured puzzles, encouraging words, sports and fashion finds. The mats were laminated so families could reuse them with ease. Other projects included decorated picture frames for family memories and dozens of travel-size toiletries for family members to use during their stay at the inn.

Personalized journals were much appreciated, according to Holly Lotwin, then the inn’s community outreach assistant. She said journals are a good project for any group wanting to support the inn; children enjoy and are encouraged to write daily so the doctors treating them get insight on how they are feeling.

Glycosciences Research Day featured a poster competition with over 60 abstracts.
2011 EYL girls work on their volunteer project for the Children’s Inn at NIH.

Some of the Emerging Young Leaders recorded popular children’s books so the children could listen to stories through CD players and headphones also donated by the sorority.

“These CDs could be a great source of entertainment for the kids and families as they are traveling back and forth from NIH,” Lotwin said. The CD labels featured the EYL logo.

“The young ladies in our group were very passionate about this project. They gave us the idea and we gave them the tools and opportunity to succeed,” said Jean Lewis, EYL program chair. “We will return to assist in whatever ways we can at the inn.”

The Children’s Inn welcomes such help. The summer months bring slow donor activity. There are many ways to contribute, from assisting or planning a family dinner night or giving to the mailbox Thoughtful Treasures, where small handmade gifts are placed in the children’s mailboxes daily. All kids as well as their siblings receive a “treasure” each morning.

Visit or contact Cait Cutter, community outreach and volunteer program assistant, at (301) 594-5364 or email for more information on how you can make a difference at the inn. NIHRecord Icon

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