Category Archives: 5th Quarter

LUM Offers a Summer of Enrichment & Joy

LUM Summer Youth Programs Sharpen Skills

During the summer months, LUM youth programming focuses on providing enrichment and joy for local children. Research warns that children suffer from the Summer Slide — the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. That’s why Lafayette Urban Ministry is so passionate about the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp. LUM consciously creates learning opportunities throughout the summer to keep LUM students’ academic skills sharp.

5th Quarter Summer Learning Program – Recap

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program offers children the chance to keep pace academically with their peers. It has been offered each weekday during the summer.

Sixty-four students were enrolled and, in addition to being served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack, they have been engaged each day in a mix of learning, reading, excursions, and recreation. This included trips to the park, local pool and library as well as guest presenters who ignited their excitement in science, fitness, and reading. Special excursions included a visit to Prophetstown State Park, Wolf Park and Imagination Station.

LUM “Culinary” Camp – Recap

LUM Camp is the best week of the summer for 76 local children (8-9-10 year olds), and this year was special. Campers experienced campfires, skits, horseback riding, s’mores, swimming, wall climbing, ziplining, pizza pudgy pies, giant swing, creek exploring, kickball, and fishing (catch & release) — often for the first time. 

This year’s theme was LUM Culinary Camp. Special theme-related events included movie night feature Ratatouille, cooking demonstrations led by Purdue Extension, and a chance to be Pastry Chefs in the LUM Sweet Shoppe and create their own gourmet desserts. LUM friends were invited to camp one evening. They attended the camp meeting, sang camp songs, joined the campers for an indoor cook-out, and enjoyed informal interactions with the LUM Campers. It was a wonderful evening, and LUM is grateful for their support.

Your donations made it possible to continue these two important youth programs.

It was well worth it!

LUM students and campers made new friends and made great memories, while having a blast, learning new things and discovering themselves. Truly life-changing.

Supporting the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp gives children a chance for academic success and a better future. If you wish to make a donation, click the button below.

African Leaders From Purdue Serve LUM

Mandela Washington Fellows Visit LUM Students

Four participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Purdue recently engaged with the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and taught them about their countries in Africa. The fellows are Mathabo Duma from Lesotho, Leonor Fall from Senegal, and Immaculate Nwajagu and Temitope Olatimehin from Nigeria (pictured with Wes Tillett, LUM executive director). This is just one example of the “enhanced learning” offered by LUM each summer. To see more photos of their visit, click HERE. To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Purdue, click HERE. Thanks to the Fellows as well as Lonni Kucik and Holly Shaver at Purdue for connecting us and making their visit so meaningful.

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Meet the LUM Summer Teaching Team

Engaging Students – Learning, Fun, Recreation

LUM is proud to introduce the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program team. What a talented and nurturing team! Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers are assisted each week day by volunteers.

KRISTI Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband, and their three children, Taelynn (22), Jaedren (15) and Maekenna (10). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past few years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is pursuing a master of arts in education from Ball State University. She is a member of the National After-School Association.

KYLEY Certain grew up in and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Jerry, and their three sons, Liam (7), John (4.5), and Hudson (8 months). She graduated from McCutcheon High School and earned a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development from Indiana Wesleyan University. During the school year, Kyley works for Lafayette School Corporation as a Title 1 paraprofessional.

MADY Lester grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Kiel. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned a bachelor’s in Social Work from IUPUI, and this past May earned a Master of Social Work from the Indiana University School of Social Work.

PATRICK Renfrow grew up in Macon, Georgia and completed his high school education in Logansport. He earned an associate degree in Theology from Grace University, Winona Lake, IN. Patrick is also a teacher and bus driver with the LUM After School Program.

ANN Mobley is from Chicago and now lives in Lafayette with her six year old son. She graduated from Thornton High School, earned an associates degree in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Ball State University. Ann hopes to open a daycare of her own called Tiny Hands.

BREANNE Stewart grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her two children, Faythe (high school sophomore) and Gabriel (first grade). She graduated from Faith Christian High School and earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College.

TABBY Volpi grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 8 & 10. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. During the school year, Tabby works for the Lafayette School Corporation.

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LUM Summer Students Learning & Growing

LUM 5th Quarter Narrows the Achievement Gap

Since its beginning, 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. This “summer achievement gap” may impact all elementary and middle school students, but students from low-income families 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 is confident that the 5th Quarter students are at pace with or 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. This summer, there are 72 local students enrolled. Meet the LUM summer teaching team below.

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Four Ways YOU Can Help – LUM 5th Quarter

Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items | Sponsor

It’s summer, and the LUM Ray Ewry Center is filled with excitement and joy from the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • DONATE – Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – Sign up to be a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • Donate NEEDED ITEMS (snacks, toilet paper, cleaning supplies), to view the LUM Wish List, click HERE
  • SPONSOR a Study or Recreational Trip, email

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at

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LUM Youth Programs Transition to Summer

Today’s the Last Day of the After School Program

Today is the last day of the LUM After School Program and the teachers and students are celebrating another successful year.

It was another school year of COVID-19 challenges and eLearning Days, but it was also a wonderful service for local families with…

  • super talented teachers,
  • enhanced learning experiences,
  • holiday celebrations,
  • record number of donations, and
  • full enrollment of students from local schools.

Thank you to everyone who made this year a success, giving low-income families a safe, loving and enriching environment for their children each day after school.

5th Quarter Summer Program Starts This Tuesday

This Tuesday, May 31, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program team will welcome 60+ students to the full-day, enhanced child care experience. If you, your group or business wishes to invest in the proven success of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, here are FOUR simple WAYS:

  • DONATE – Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • NEEDED ITEMS – To view LUM’s Top 10 Favorite Donations, click HERE
  • SPONSOR A TRIP – Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program offers scholarships and accepts “vouchers” to provide full-day, child care to low income families. Stay tuned for more good news from the LUM summer youth programs in the coming weeks.

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Meet the LUM After School Program Team

62 Students| K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

LUM is proud to introduce the talented LUM After School Program team. Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers do an incredible job of caring for and educating the LUM students each weekday afternoon, especially during the COVID-19 surge. This school year 62 students are enrolled from all over Tippecanoe County. The 2022 ASP teachers are as follows:

KRISTI Hogue grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 27 years, and their children, Jaedren (14) and Maekenna (10), who have been enrolled in the LUM After School & summer programs for the past few years. Her oldest daughter, Taelynn (21), also lives and works in the Lafayette area, and has volunteered, sharing art ideas and homework help. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National After School Association. She has worked with children and families as a career for nearly 30 years and enjoys continuing to learn and grow with LUM Youth Programs. Thanks to LUM and Indiana’s TEACH Scholarship program, she started her Master’s in Education focused on Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Certificate in Autism this semester at Ball State.

LUM is fortunate and grateful to have these dedicated teachers on the ASP Team.

Please consider investing in or volunteering with the After School Program – the LUM students need you.

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Community Foundation Lunch & Learn

LUM Hosts “Nonprofit Spotlight” In-person Lunch

Lafayette Urban Ministry was honored to be the first local agency invited to participate in the Nonprofit Spotlight in-person “lunch & learn” coordinated by The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. LUM was pleased to host this event at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. Lafayette Urban Ministry’s director, Wes Tillett, provided an overview of the good work LUM is doing in our community and gave a tour of the youth center and shelter. In attendance were CFGL donors who have established endowments, Legacy Society members, board members including development and grants committee members, and staff members from CFGL and LUM.

LUM appreciates this recognition and opportunity to share how LUM is working to “tackle basic human needs and uplift the people of Greater Lafayette” with our friends at The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.

November – Poinsettia Plants & Pizza Parties

Poinsettia Plant Sale
Order by Tuesday (Nov. 9)

Order all of your holiday Poinsettia Plants NOW — and support the LUM Youth Programs including the After School Program. They are great as gifts for family & customers and for decorating your home, business or church.

ORDER by THIS Tuesday, November 9

  • Email Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Program director at
  • Include quantity & colors (Red, Pink, White, Marble & Jingle Bells)

PAY – $12 per plant — in person with cash or check — or online HERE

Poinsettia plants are 14-18 inches tall with a decorative pot and grown in Indiana. Poinsettia plants will available for pick up at LUM on Wednesday, December 1.

Azzip Pizza Fundraiser
NOW thru November 30

LUM is teaming up with Azzip Pizza in the Pot of Dough Fundraiser NOW through November 30. Order pizza & scan the barcode below or use online code 303070 — and LUM Youth Programs gets 5% of your entire purchase. Plan a pizza party today and benefit LUM students.

Eat Pizza & Benefit LUM – Now through November

Azzip Pizza – 105 Farabee Drive S, Lafayette, IN

Join us at Azzip Pizza (105 Farabee Drive S, Lafayette, IN) NOW through November 30 — and the LUM After School Program gets 5% of all orders, if you present this COUPON, use the online code or scan the barcode (pictured below). It’s easy! Print the coupon or show it on your phone, order your favorite Azzip Pizza or Salad, and don’t forget to get Zip Sticks, Garlic Cheese Sticks, cookies, and a drink — and LUM gets 5%.

This Pot of Gold fundraiser continues through the end of November, and LUM gets 5%. Help us “raise dough” for LUM Youth Programs.