Marvine Elementary School, a Community School in Bethlehem, officially dedicated the Marvine Family and Community Center on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. The new Community Center allows families to have access to food, clothing, parenting resources and community school services all in one place. The Marvine Family and Community Center will allow Marvine Elementary School to continue providing outstanding support to the larger Marvine and Northeast Bethlehem community.
Five years ago, Marvine’s Community School Coordinator Cesar Cordova began his role at the school, engaging families, building trust and listening to their needs. Marvine Principal Eric Fontanez and Cesar worked side-by-side to listen to families, connect with community partners and develop this integrated community resource center. The Community Center will also feature Pre-K Counts and Parents as Teachers, two additional programs helping parents and students.
Many community partners helped make the Marvine Family and Community Center happen, including Just Born Quality Confections, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Second Harvest Food Bank. With the support of these partners, this dream became a reality.