Archive for April, 2016

Camden County Library Ferry Avenue Branch Display – 2016

April 14, 2016

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Passion for the Arts Drives Pfeiffer

April 14, 2016

Passion for Arts Drives Pfeiffer

In December 2014, Barbara Pfeiffer became a bell ringer and rang the bell at the Walmart shopping center in Audubon. She hasn’t stopped serving The Salvation Army since.

Pfeiffer, who officially registered as a volunteer in March of 2015, has contributed over 210 hours of service, serving as a Kroc Ambassador giving tours, working at the Welcome Desk, the library, instructing at summer camp and teaching Art in Kroc Kids.

For Pfeiffer, the dedication to volunteering comes from her desire to see people come together.

“I’ve lived in Camden for 30 years and I knew that this was going to be a place that was going to bring people together,” said Pfeiffer. “I have found that everybody is in their own little section in Camden and this was a place that could bring them together.”

Barbara got to witness this first hand when she checked members into the building.

“It’s just a wonderful look at life from this wonderful facility,” she said. “When I was at the Welcome Desk I loved seeing all those people come through the doors, from the suburbs and from Camden City.”

While Pfeiffer has helped wherever she has been needed, her true passion has always been art. A retired teacher, Pfeiffer has seen what great things children can do when given the chance to be creative.

“I think every child should be able to express themselves,” Barbara said.

Pfeiffer continues to work with Kroc Kids and is encouraging others to join in and help a program that has greatly expanded over the last two months.

“I have worked at afterschool programs throughout Camden City and sometimes there is no discipline and there is nothing very structured about it,” she said. “Here [After School Learning Center Coordinator Hillary Jones] does a good job of structuring it. She can’t do it all by herself, so she needs volunteers. If people like working with kids, this is a wonderful opportunity because there are so many kids and there is such good structure within The Salvation Army.”

2nd Grade Chilean Arpillera-Inspired Landscapes

April 11, 2016

45337604[2]By Liseidy, 2nd Grader

Look at the discipline and creativity this second grader used in making her landscape. Teacher, Jeffrey Phillips, instructed his classes (20 per class, 100 students total at Leap Academy) to use markers to simulate the stitches (and whatever they wished – sun, clouds, stars, rainbows, etc.) used in sewn Chilean-fabric artwork. He had them use different colors and shapes of construction paper to create perspective.

Check out to see all the masterpieces done by students in Liseidy’s class, as well as the work done by other 2nd grade classes. Their collages are all one-of-a-kind, based the originality of each student.

I’m the lucky person who takes photos of artwork initiated by Jeff to post on Artsonia, the world’s largest online kids’ art museum.

3rd Grade Treescape Collage

April 10, 2016


by Qaniah, 3rd Grade

This is just one of approximately 100 artworks of 3rd grade students initiated by teacher Jeffrey Phillips.

I have taken photos of all the students’ work to view on Artsonia – the world’s largest online Kids’ Art Museum.

Please take a look at them on and see the excellence displayed.

Each student used cut-up newspapers for the tree barks and included perspective in their collages. Look at the fantastic watercolors in Qaniah’s collage.

How lucky are Jeff’s students who learn, through art-making, the tools of discipline and creativity that will carry them well throughout their lifetimes.