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Bus Drivers Needed

The LUM After School Program has expanded to serve 80 students from each school corporation in our area — SO — new Bus Drivers are needed NOW. Drivers transport children from their schools at dismissal time to the ASP site at First Christian Church, Lafayette, in one of LUM’s 14-seat buses.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Dates: NOW through May 23, 2018, when Lafayette School Corporation is in session
  • Stipend: $1,700 for the school year
  • Route: LUM Youth Center to Schools to First Christian Church
  • Requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Please consider signing up NOW to become a Bus Driver  for this important ministry and make a difference in the lives of children.

If interested please call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Amanda Bajzatt (765-423-2691 | ).

PICTURED ABOVE — Chip is retired from Purdue University and has been driving a bus for LUM for over three years. He shared, “I love children and I like to drive — and it keeps me young of mind.” LUM provides a “unique opportunity for working families,” who are trying hard to succeed and now have one less thing to worry about because “they know that their children are in a safe and caring environment at LUM.”

Volunteers Needed for LUM After School Program

The LUM After School Program has an urgent need for volunteers.

ASP follows the Lafayette School Corporation’s regular calendar. Volunteers are needed from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise and monitor the children.

If interested please attend the Volunteer Training Session for all new and returning volunteers THIS Saturday (August 5) from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Christian Church, Lafayette. The new After School Program leadership wants YOU to be a part of a program that’s expanding and evolving in many exciting ways.

For more information on volunteering, click HERE or call or email the new LUM Youth Programs director, Amanda Bajzatt (765-423-2691 |

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 Building Stronger Children & Families

In a 1855 dialogue with slave-owners, the famed African-American statesman Frederick Douglass wrote,

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

They are words that have always been important to me, because while LUM does more than its share of helping to repair broken adults, it is our work with at-risk children that provides me with my greatest hope for the future.

During the summer months, LUM is heavily invested in the building of strong children. Our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program enrolled 50 children this year. We work with them everyday to help them retain subject matter, through the summer months, in math, science and reading, so that they are better prepared to return to school in August. Research shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap occurs during the summer months when low-income children are not exposed to the same levels or kinds of learning opportunities as their more affluent peers. The 5th Quarter program at LUM has proven successful in reversing this summer learning slide.

LUM Camp serves 90 children in a week-long, overnight, summer camp setting. There are campfire songs, skits, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, morning chapel, great food, awesome counselors and all the other things a great camp should have. But we also use the opportunity to engage the children in fun thematic learning that bolsters their academic skills along with their confidence and self-esteem. At LUM Camp, we take advantage of every moment we have together with a child to help them prepare for a future bright with promise.

Right now, the LUM After School Program is in full swing. We’ve achieved our goals of increasing our enrollment to 80 children this year. The LUM After School Program provides homework help and plenty of reading time to children – all in a safe and caring environment – until mom or dad come to take them home at end of their workday. If you are interested in working as a LUM After School Program tutor, we could use your help for two hours, one day each week, during the school year. If you’re interested email or call Amanda Bazjatt ( | 765-423-2691).

How grateful I am that through your gifts of time and financial support, you not only help LUM to repair those who are broken but you also provide children in our community with the care, support and resources they need to grow into healthy and productive adults.

A letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director