Category Archives: 5th Quarter

Meet the LUM After School Program Team



The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 80 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday.

The program is staffed by a professionally trained program aides and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements. This year, the After School Program staff includes three Program Aides who assist the program director, Kristi Hogue. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):

  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. After she graduates, Mady plans on working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
  • Derrick Williams-Bacon – Derrick is from West Lafayette. He earned a BS in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and a Master’s in Technology Education, both from Purdue. Derrick is also an interventionist with the Lafayette School Corporation.
  • Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She is currently matriculating toward a bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI and will graduate in May. After graduation, Alyssa will attend New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She wishes to pursue a career working with children.

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New Location – LUM After School Program


LUM Youth Programs Return to LUM Youth Center

Early this fall, the LUM After School Program returned to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. The move and transition was smooth and positive. Thanks to Our Saviour Lutheran Church (pictured right) and the West Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (pictured below) for assisting with the move, clean up and set up at the new location.


The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from their schools to the LUM After School Program at the LUM Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. All of their training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.


The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center is an ideal location for the LUM After School Program. Many of the benefits have already been realized, and the potential for more improvements is exciting.


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Meet the LUM After School Program Team



LUM is thrilled to introduce the After School Program team. Pictured (L to R) are Kristi Hogue, director; Mady Kirts, intern; Kaitlyn Hettinger, teacher’s aide; Evie Griffin, intern; and Derrick Williams-Bacon, teacher’s aide.

What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you.


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Meet the New LUM Youth Programs Director


Kristina Hogue – Director, LUM Youth Programs

Kristi Hogue is the new LUM Youth Programs director responsible for the After School Programand 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. She has 23 years experience working with children and has been the director of the Right Steps Dennis Burton Child Development Center for the past 18 years.

Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 24 years, and their three children, Taelynn (18), Jaedren (11) and Maekenna (6). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past couple of years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kristi is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because there are so many programs at LUM that assist children, families and individuals that benefits the community. She shared, “I hope to impact children and families through the care and education of the children enrolled. I hope to form positive relationships with children and their families as we get to know each other.” She is committed to “helping others as well as assisting and watching children grow.”

In her free time, Kristi enjoys reading — and most importantly spending time with her family and supporting her children in their activities. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Kristi’s experience join the LUM team.


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LUM Summer Program in Review – 2018


|  Educate  |  Shelter  |  Serve  |  Assist  |  Nourish  |

This summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry, the staff was busy educating, sheltering serving, assisting, nourishing and strengthening families in our community. Through the various programs LUM served 1,703 families and 128 children. Here are some interesting milestones and statistics from another successful summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Programs – Summer Statistics
LUM Summer Milestones
  • LUM Promotional Video – premiered in June and is currently being used…MORE.
  • Immigration Clinic client, Luis Urbano, became a US Citizen (pictured above)…MORE
  • Eileen Weiss becomes the new LUM Business ManagerMORE
  • Susan Brouillette ordained & is new LUM ChaplainMORE
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engage in garden project (pictured below)…MORE

Now that the summer at LUM is over — the staff are busy with fall programs such as the After School Program and in planning for upcoming events — Hunger HikeHH5K RunPort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

Thank you to all who invested financially and by volunteering in our summer at LUM. We count on YOU to volunteer and make a donation which enables LUM to continue serving the families and children in our community.


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LUM 5th Quarter Students – Staying Engaged


Learning Opportunities & Study Trips – 2018

The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have had guest educators, taken study trips and have continued to tend to their vegetable garden.

The LUM 5th Quarter staff members have the children for five days a week, up to 12 hours a day. The LUM teachers and program director work hard to keep the students engaged in fun, experiential learning all day long. This year those programs have been as follows:

  • Science – Imagination Station – Study Trip
  • Science – Soilmaker – Study Trip
  • Science – Silly Safari with Amazon John – Library – Study Trip
  • Science & Nutrition – LUM Garden Project – On site program
  • Science – Art, Crafts & 4D Science – On site program
  • Science – Magic School Bus Science (Elmwood Youth) – On site program
  • Reading – Leonardo, Rockin’ & Reading – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading & Writing – Purdue College of Education – On site program
  • Reading – Rockin’ Readers Theatre – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading – Summer Reading – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading – Friday Visits to the Youth Room – Library – Study Trip
  • Music – Classical Composers & the Waltz – Derrick Williams-Bacon – On site program
  • Music & Fitness – Fiddle ‘N’ Feet, Library – Study Trip
  • Art – Clay Art – Gail Johnson – On site program
  • Fitness & Dance – Van Underwood Stokes, Dancer – On site program
  • Nutrition & Fitness – Series (7 weeks) of Interactive Programs – Tammy Martin, CATCH Program – On site program
  • Magic – Rusty Ammerman’s Dimension of Illusion – Library – Study Trip

To view PHOTOS from some of these exciting programs, click HERE.


If you would like to invest in our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Students Continue to Learn All Summer Long


A Letter from LUM Executive Director – Joe Micon

Summer 2018


Dear Friend,

When elementary students return to school in August, many of them — especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds — will be starting the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of their summer break.

This phenomenon, often referred to as summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide, has been a long-time concern for us at LUM. If quality education is a child’s ticket out of a life of poverty, too many of those we serve are being left behind at the station. Educational research offers a “faucet theory” for why lower-income students lose learning in math, science and reading over the summer. According to the theory, the “resource faucet” is on for all students during the school year, enabling all students to make learning gains.

Over the summer however, the flow of resources slows to a trickle for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their more affluent peers continue to have access to financial and human capital, such as parental education and involvement, which enables them to continue to learn. That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry has been so committed to our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.  The program is held Monday through Friday, from June 1st through August 10th, at Central Presbyterian Church’s education building in downtown Lafayette. This summer, LUM has enrolled more than 50 children.

Each day begins with a nutritious snack, recreational reading and a fun gathering session for our students, teachers and volunteers. Then it is on to learning groups in math, science, social studies and language arts. Each subject is taught through a combination of classroom and online study. There are weekly field trips to the public library, Purdue University and other locations where our students learn and experience new things. We have scheduled a full summer of engaging speakers and enrichment activities that make learning at 5th Quarter fun.



Last week, we combined reading about Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner with audio samples of their compositions (pictured above). In partnership with Purdue Extension, our students have planted and are tending a summer flower and vegetable garden. This year, the LUM 5th Quarter staff has partnered with faculty and students from the Purdue College of Education to enhance our curricula and boost the quality of our students’ learning.

I am so pleased with the quality of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. I am encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers. More than anything else, I am proud of the accomplishments of our 5th Quarter students….

  • Like 8 year-old Isaiah, whose mom is incarcerated this summer serving an addiction-related sentence. He is excelling in multiplication.
  • Like Crystal Jeremy who live with their grandma. She works each weekday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a maid for a Lafayette hotel just to make ends meet. They enjoy D.E.A.R. time – Drop Everything and Read!
  • Like 9 year-old Da’Ron who was able to pass his ISTEP re-test because of remediation that took place at LUM 5th Quarter.

It is costing LUM $31,416 to operate 5th Quarter this summer. Included in that amount are four teachers, our online learning software, program supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips. I am hoping you will join with me in helping to offset those costs.

Please, won’t you consider a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or more, to 5th Quarter? Your support will help LUM to continue to offer this remarkable program that has proven so effective in reversing the summer learning slide for vulnerable children.

Give a child a ticket to a brighter future.  Join me today in making a generous gift to the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.



PS: Interested in viewing 5th Quarter in action?  Call me anytime prior to July 31 to arrange a visit (765-423-2691).


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LUM Students – Gardening, Learning & Growing


LUM Garden Offers Opportunities for Learning

The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have been engaged in a garden project that gives them many opportunities for experiential learning. Dr. Tim Reutebuch, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, met with the students to begin the planning of the vegetable garden in March, and it was created in April, as a part of their Earth Day celebrations.

The garden has been incorporated into educational curriculum since then. This project was carefully designed to offer our students hands-on experiences planning, creating and maintaining a vegetable garden while learning about science, math and healthy choices as well as building their self-confidence, responsibility and self-sustaining life skills. Also, the students are now experiencing the taste of their own, fresh vegetables, while enjoying some fun, outdoor time. The freshly grown vegetables are also being shared with the children’s families. This has been such a rewarding project and the students have loved being a part of it. Special thanks to Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director, Dr. ReutebuchCentral Presbyterian Church for providing the space for the garden, and Purdue Extension and Grow Local Lafayette for the garden building & construction as well as curriculum development.

If you would like to invest in this project and our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


To view more PHOTOS from the garden project, click HERE


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LUM Summer Students Learning & Growing


LUM 5th Quarter Narrows the Achievement Gap


Since it began, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program has been focused on one thing — stopping the loss of academic skills and knowledge that occurs during the summer months. Known as “the summer achievement gap,” it impacts elementary and middle school students in general, but low-income students are especially at risk. Students who are not enrolled in a program like LUM 5th Quarter return to school in the fall as many as five months behind their peers, forget information and spend months trying to catch up. Some never do. LUM research has proven that the LUM summer students are AHEAD of their peers when they return to school due to the enhanced learning curriculum and experiences offered through the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. To view the list of programs, speakers and study trips planned for this summer, click HERE.

If you would like to invest in our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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5th Quarter – Curriculum, Speakers & Study Trips



Purdue Extension:
Karen Mitchell
Ag & Natural Resources Educator
County Extension Director
Purdue Extension – Tippecanoe County
–Assisted us in becoming a Grow Local member. Assisted in gathering plants for our garden. Provided garden curriculum for our garden.
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.

Veronica Jalomo
Nutrition Education Program, a SNAP-ED & EFNEP funded initiative
Purdue Extension
–Provided initial contact with new partners (Amber & Tammy). Assisted us in becoming a Grow Local member.
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.

Amber Knoll
Health and Human Science Educator
Tippecanoe County Extension Office
Provides nutritional education booths for the parents to participate in.
Herbs and making produce last
Garden tasting and food safety
Garden to table preparation
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.

Tammy Martin
Youth Nutrition Education Program Assistant
Catch Program Instructor
–Provide 7 weeks of nutrition classes, including take home materials for parents.
Basic Concepts and Exercise
Snacks
Beverages
Fast Food
Screen Time
Breakfast
Bone Health
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.


Grow Local
Assisted us in securing a donation of soil and plants for our garden.


Purdue College of Education:
Nancy Boes
Continuing Lecturer
Literacy & Language
Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Crystal Johnson
Associate Professor Social Studies Education
Curriculum and Instruction
–Both are conducting pre and post assessments, developing specialized curriculum, and coordinating 17 student teachers to provide daily reading and writing workshops with the intent to strengthen the skills of our kiddos.


Food Finders & City Bus — weekly access to free produce


Public Library

Presentations

  • Silly Safari with Amazon John
  • Rusty Ammerman’s: Dimension of Illusion
  • Leonardo, Rockin’ and Reading
  • Fiddle ‘N’ Feet
  • Rockin’ Readers Theatre

Summer Reading with the Public Library

Friday visits to the youth room at the Public Library


Study & Recreational Trips

  • Soilmaker
  • McCraw Park
  • Imagination Station
  • Purdue Union Bowling

Speakers – Presenters – Facilitators

  • Guest–Van Stokes, Dance session
  • Guest–Monica Shaeffer, vocalist and pianist
  • Guest–Gail Johnston, Clay Art
  • Guests– Elmwood Church Youth

If you would like to invest in our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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