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5th Quarter:
Sixth Summer & Going Strong

Dear Friends,

Famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglas once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”


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It is a sentiment that we share here at LUM because while we provide many services for adults, it is our work with young people that gives us hope for the future. This summer, LUM has convened our sixth year of the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

More than 40 at-risk children are enrolled in this 11-week program that employs fun-learning and online study to boost the children’s academic performance in math, reading, science and social studies.

Research in the area of elementary education shows that 60% of the academic achievement gap separating low-income children from their peers is linked to learning opportunities in the summer. Dull summers take a steep toll on the academic advancement of low-income children. Each morning at 5th Quarter, students break into smaller pods and are taught and guided using our online learning platform. Students can be seen meeting with their teachers at Centennial Park or just outside the Youth Center under a tree — it’s hands-on and experiential. LUM provides nutritious snacks and lunch for each child. There are frequent visits to the public library, educational field trips and swim time at the local pool.


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But this doesn’t mean we aren’t seriously focused on academics. Last year’s our students showed an average gain of 41% in computations with whole numbers and decimals and 12.9% gain in vocabulary and concept development when compared to a control group of low-income students. I am so pleased with the work of last year’s 5th Quarter teaching staff, encouraged by the positive feedback LUM has received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers, and extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students.

It will cost almost $36,000 to operate 5th Quarter this summer; including the cost of four teachers, IXL online learning program, supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips. I hope you will join me in sharing a generous contribution so that 5th Quarter Program may continue. Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help LUM continue to offer this program that has shown such remarkable results. Please, won’t you join me in supporting LUM’s 5th Quarter program?

Frederick Douglas is also well-known for saying, “knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” At LUM we know that successful learning at an early age is the best opportunity a child can ever have to escape a lifetime of poverty. Place your check in the mail or drop it off in our office today. Or, you may give online, click HERE.

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P.S.  You are invited to observe 5th Quarter first hand. Call me to arrange a visit any
weekday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. prior to August 5th (phone: 765-426-2391).

{To read the entire letter, click HERE.}


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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

LUM Youth Programs
Need Volunteers

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Volunteers needed for the following LUM Youth Programs:

Learn more below…


The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program has immediate openings for volunteers. Please consider this ministry with school age children as we partner together to close the learning gap for some of our most vulnerable children. Research is clear that children from low socioeconomic backgrounds who have limited opportunities in the summer show a dramatic decline in academic skills which can lead to frustration, alienation, and, even, dropping out of school. 5th Quarter engages children in fun, active learning Monday through Friday and volunteers are needed from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We can use adult help every day of the week, at all times of the day! For more details, click HERE.


The LUM After School Program is beginning to gear up with some exciting innovations this fall. While we look forward to all the changes, the core of ASP remains the same – providing quality care to children so their parents can work knowing they are safe and loved. Please consider signing up to volunteer for this vital ministry and make a difference in the lives of children. ASP follows the Lafayette School Corporation’s regular calendar. Volunteers are needed from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. every day. We need tutors, story readers, spelling test givers, and any other adult who is willing to help these children. While we need and welcome volunteers from our member churches and community at all times, they are especially important to our program when Purdue is not in session since we do receive a lot of volunteers from the students at Purdue. We are also in need of adults who are willing to drive our buses to pick up the children from school throughout the school year. After School starts August 9; so, don’t hesitate! Please call or email Cindy Haley to volunteer or with any questions (765-423-2691 | chaley@lumserve.org). For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, click HERE.


Be a Mentor—Be a Leader—Be a 2016
LUM Camp Counselor!

Few volunteer opportunities offer as much fulfillment as being a LUM Camp Counselor. LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who…

  • Spend the entire week (August 1 – 5) at camp serving as life guides and role models
  • Assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or have concerns about an issue or idea
  • Are fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people
  • Help create a family environment that makes LUM Camp unique and special

Past LUM Camp counselors often reflect that the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences — are priceless.

They also enjoy the camp songs, camp fire, camp food, and chapel. LUM simply could not offer LUM Camp without our talented and dedicated Volunteer Camp Counselors.

If this sounds like something for you — or someone you know — complete the online application for LUM Camp Counselor. You won’t regret it!

For the online camp counselor application and additional information, click HERE.