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LaTasha Burl

  • • Poem "I Wonder" in the book "A Girl Developing Into Womanhood"

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ACT-SO 2018 is underway! Learn more and spread the word.

Check out highlights from past events

Special thank you from JoAnn Burl

Scripture for the day on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Romans 8:26-28, in the Message Bible reads: Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Saturday was "Something Good!" It was my pleasure and honor to guide you through an afternoon of spectacular poetry....Continue Reading

Highlights: ACT-SO "Lift Every Voice" Poetry Read-in

Jeanette's Joy's founder, JoAnn Burl emceed the ACT-SO "Lift Every Voice" poetry read-in and silent auction on February 18, 2017 at the Randolph Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. This event was part of the National African American Read-In. Guests included state and local representatives and students of the Montgomery County Public School system. JoAnn was also honored at the event. Highlights from the event are below.

  • • View video report on regarding the ACT-SO Poetry Read-in
  • • Read "Ode to JoAnn" (Poem dedicated to JoAnn Burl, written by Paul Geller)
  • • There are still baskets from the Silent Auction available. Click here to find out more information. -pdf forthcoming- JoAnn Burl (JB)

2017 Photos from the 2nd Annual ACT-SO Poetry READ-IN

Photos submitted as a pdf - JB

"If you can dream it, you can do it"

Why Jeanette's Joy?

Jeanette's Joy Community Service provides programs for middle school youth populations through a diverse array of programs. Our program goals include:

  • • Helping youth increase their self-esteem, decision-making, leadership, and communication skills
  • • Providing youth with adult and peer support systems that encourage and reinforce positive choices
  • • Implementing prevention strategies to reduce their vulnerability for at-risk behaviors
  • • Jeanette's Joy strives to contribute to the life-long intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual development of each child we serve.

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By joining our community through volunteering, mentoring, donation or participation, you can help Jeanette's Joy provide quality programs to an extended number of communities. Help us spread joy by choosing to help today!

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Upcoming Programs

  • • ACT-SO 2017
  • • ACT-SO 3rd Annual Poetry Read-In Saturday, February10, 2018
  • • I will submit photos for this heading - JB-
  • • I will submit calendar for ACT-SO 2018-2019 and flyers -JB -

Reflections Year 2017



Thank you for everything Pat Price and for allowing me to be your co-chair! Paul Geller, your encouragement is priceless, and the Ode to JoAnn Burl poem you wrote for me is breathtaking, much appreciated and will always be treasured in my heart and home! Thank you, President Plummer, for your continuing support and encouragement.

The afternoon of poetry was well-received and cherished. Thank you, Jesus! We came together and celebrated Black History Month and poetry in a powerful way! Special thanks to all of our speakers and the youth who attended and participated. We know our future is bright with you leading the way. Please, encourage your friends to participate in ACT-SO.

Everyone who came out we, “Thank You” for being there. Applications were recently received, and we would like to provide mentors for our students. We need your support. We need mentors (and judges for the ACT-SO Competition). Please think about the students we have in the following categories: Writing, Oratory, Music (Instrumental and Vocal), Oratory, Drawing & Painting, Photography, and Filmmaking.

Thank you to everyone who came Saturday afternoon. Thank you to the Auction Winner’s: Ms. Q. Armstrong won Candles, Tea Chest, Vivitar “Listen Up” DJ Studio Headphones, Letter Writing Basket, and Sweet Sayings Baskets. Get well wishes go out to Rebecca Smondrowski. If you have photos from the day, please share them as well.

Poems Read by:

  • 1. Jamie Raskins Congressman
  • 2. Jeff Waldstreicher Delegate
  • 3. Parker Hamilton Director of Libraries
  • 4. Melissa McKenna MCCPTA VP of Programs
  • 5. Sebastian Johnson Senior Associate
  • 6. Connie Blake Evangelist/Teacher
  • 7. Shebra Evans BOE Member
  • 8. Krista Bradley Black Rock Executive
  • 9. LaFaye Burris MCPS Administrator
  • 10. Michelle Thompson MCPS, Instructional Specialist
  • 11. Rochelle Soetan Author/Proprietor of Pearls of Poise LLC (POP)
  • 12. Pam Queen Delegate
  • 13. Soffie Ceesay Community Leader
  • 14. Christopher Barclay Community Leader
  • 15. Joey Jones MCPS Administrator
  • 16. James Stowe Commission on Human Rights Director
  • 17. Paul Geller MCCPTA President
  • 18. JoAnn Burl Jeanette’s Joy Community Services Founder/CEO


  • 1. Kailande Cassamajor
  • 2. Avi Castellano
  • 3. Keciana Green
  • 4. Egypt McLean
  • 5. Mame Diarra Ndiaye
  • 6. Anderson Sims Student
  • 7. Samanth Stewart
  • 8. Kellina Wanteu

I’m going to end with something funny. After packing my car, I began searching for my phone, but I was unable to locate it. Pat called my phone several times. Although I could hear it and to me, it seemed like it was moving, we still couldn't find it. Dr. Jones saw us and pitched in to help. After a lengthy search, Dr. Jones stood and pointed to my phone. He noticed the light from the phone, which was on top of my car. It truly takes a village--even to find a misplaced cell phone. LOL. This was too funny to me

Enjoy the pictures. I wished I had taken a picture with everyone who was there because this was truly a blessed night!

JoAnn Burl

Photos from the 2nd Annual ACT-SO Poetry READ-IN

"If you can dream it, you can do it"