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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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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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Purdue Education Students Support LUM Students


Math Education Learning Community Gives to LUM


The students in the Mathematics Education Learning Community at Purdue University have been engaged this academic year with the LUM students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The Purdue students have tutored our students and assisted in maximizing the use of our teaching software.

Recently as the academic year drew to a close, the Math Education Learning Community students applied for and were awarded two service learning grants through the Purdue Office of Engagement for $3,000 that benefits the teaching initiatives through the LUM Youth Programs. Not only did the grants pay for the annual subscription fee for the teaching software ($1,500) but it also enabled the Purdue students to purchase all of the needed items for the LUM Youth Programs, including teaching materials, new curriculum, school supplies, cleaning supplies, healthy snacks, first aid supplies and items for the newly installed garden ($1,500).

LUM is humbled by the service and generosity of the students in the Math Education Learning Community and grateful to the Office of Engagement for offering these students funding through their service learning grant program.

{Pictured (L to R) with a delivery of supplies are Purdue math education students: Aaron Schlossberger, Mitchell Sutton, Namaluba Malawo, Ashton Knies, Rachel Adduci, and Cuitla Alaniz; and not pictured are Professor Jill Newton and students, Morgan Horter & Tyler Long.}


If you or your group, school, business or church would like to coordinate a “Drive” and collect needed items for the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, please check out our Wish-list of needed items online — click HERE.


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LUM Students Planning a Vegetable Garden


LUM Garden – A Wonderful Learning Opportunity

Dr. Tim Reutebuch, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, met with the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program to begin the planning of a LUM vegetable garden. The garden will offer many meaningful opportunities to teach the children about science, math and healthy choices while building their self-confidence, responsibility, and self-sustaining life skills. They will also experience the taste of their own, fresh vegetables, while enjoying some fun, outdoor time.

The garden will be created by the LUM After School Program students in late April (Earth Day) and will be maintained and harvested throughout the summer months by the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


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LUM Students Celebrate National Reading Month


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

March is National Reading Month, and the LUM After School Program students celebrated with a grand birthday party for the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

The celebration was a pizza party which included reading groups with Dr. Seuss books, fun educational exercises, Dr. Seuss themed gelatin snacks, arts and crafts activities, games and more. The Cat in the Hat, as well as Thing 1 & Thing 2, even made a surprise appearance.

The LUM After School Program was bursting with excitement all focused on reading, writing and creativity. Special thanks to the volunteers from Purdue Timmy Global Health, the MARK Tutoring program at St. Thomas Aquinas, and Purdue Pre-Pharmacy Club for their help with the event.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

 


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New Initiative — For Students in After School Program


The Junior Teacher’s Aide Club

Starting this year, the LUM After School Program is offering an experience for the older students enrolled in the program to be members of the Junior Teacher’s Aide Club.

These students will assist the Teacher’s Aides and volunteers in working with the younger children as peer mentors in various and appropriate ways. The Junior Teacher’s Aides will be helpful to the younger children, serve as role models, and gain leadership and mentoring experience. The LUM After School Program director is serving as their advisor. This is a unique and valuable experience for these children.


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Meet the After School Program VOLUNTEERS


The Volunteers

The LUM After School Program relies on a team of volunteers to work with the students and assist the program director. Volunteers are needed each weekday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. They tutor, read to the students, give spelling tests, supervise recreation, serve snacks and coordinate crafts.

Some of our superstar After School Program volunteers are as follows (pictured above, L to R):

Jane Rhoda.
Jane was a licensed practical nurse in a hospital for 34 years. She began volunteering with LUM in January.

Bob Rhoda.
Bob has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and taught in elementary and middle schools for over 40 years. He began volunteering with LUM in January.
Katherine Clements. Kate is a student at Purdue University who volunteers regularly at LUM as a part of the MARK Tutoring program at St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue.

Marilou Warden.
Marilou has a Master’s degree in Education and has taught in elementary schools for many years. She has been a volunteer with LUM for several years and served as the interim program director of the LUM After School Program.


And pictured on the right, L to R:
Arwin Provonsha.
Arwin, the “Bug Guy,” has a Master’s degree in Science and was a professor in Entomology at Purdue University for 42 years. He has volunteered with LUM since 2014.

Judy Provansha.
Judy has a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a minor in Biology. She worked for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation for 40 years. She has volunteered with LUM since 2014.


Not pictured:
Beth Dana.
Beth has a BS in physical therapy and worked as a physical therapist with GLASS for 22 years. She has volunteered with LUM for nine years.

Joan Low.
Joan has a Bachelor’s degrees in German and English and taught German in high school & middle school for many years. Joan has served as a volunteer with LUM and as an officer with the LUM Board of Directors for several years. Joan is the current LUM Board secretary.


Special thanks to all of the student organizations and student groups from Purdue University who send their members to volunteer with the LUM After School Program especially the Purdue Pre-Pharmacy Club, Timmy Global and the MARK Tutoring program at St. Thomas Aquinas.


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Meet the After School Program Staff


The Director

Amanda Bajzatt.
Amanda Bajzatt is the Youth Programs Director responsible for the After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

Amanda grew up in West Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives in Lafayette.

Amanda’s education includes:
Ivy Tech Community College, Associate degree in Human Services
Indiana University, Bachelor of Social Work
Indiana University, Master of Social Work

Amanda started with LUM in June 2017, and also served as a LUM intern in 2014 & 2017 as well as a LUM volunteer with various programs including the After School Program.


The Teacher’s Aides

This year, the After School Program staff includes three Teacher’s Aides who assist the program director.

The After School Program Teacher’s Aides are as follows (pictured L to R above):

Fanesta Williams.
Fanesta is from Maywood, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. She has a BA from Chicago State University in General Studies and is certified in first aid in both mental health & youth mental health.

Danny Pollitt.
Danny is from Peoria, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor’s from Purdue University in Social Studies Education with minors in History & Political Science.

Tiffany Finch-King.
Tiffany is from Gary and lives in Lafayette. She will complete her Associate degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College in Fall 2019. She has already earned 52 credit hours from Ivy Tech & Indiana University Northwest.


The Interns

This Spring, the LUM After School Program also has three interns assisting the program director.

The Spring After School Program interns are as follows (pictured L to R above):

Kaitlyn Hettinger.
Kaitlyn grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She will earn an Associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College in December and will pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

Emilee McCracken.
Emilee is from Roselawn and now lives in West Lafayette. She will earn an Associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech in May and will pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University in the Fall.

Saedie Spikes.
Saedie is from Fowler and lives in Lafayette. She earned an Associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College, will earn a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University in May, and will pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.


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