Normally, each year at this time, the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue, is beginning the transition from after-school to full-day child care. But this year, nothing is “normal.” The LUM Youth Center has been empty since March, but 40 students will be returning on May 26 for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. In preparation, Kristi (pictured) has been planning for weeks — studying CDC & State guidelines, ordering supplies, developing new health & safety protocols and hiring and training teachers.
On average, students’ achievement scores decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning, referred to as an “academic achievement gap.” This year due to COVID-19, the “gap” is wider since schools have been closed since March. The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for local students. When the school year begins in the Fall, these students who typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of the enriched and experiential learning offered by the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.
Recently, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to a local family science center in Lafayette. During their visit they explored the entire science center and had an opportunity to experience and learn about engineering & building, chemical reactions, animal care, reptiles & amphibians, and virtual reality. The highlight of the day was the chemistry lab session with hands-on experiments using pure, solid carbon dioxide (CO2) — dry ice (pictured).
At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking).
Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers support the LUM director and teachers.
Volunteers are needed each week day to assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially.
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:
Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette. During their visit they hiked through the park exploring the fens, prairie and open woodlands; and learned about prairie grass, and Native American culture.
They also participated in the Silly Safari Program at the Tippecanoe County Library and met some animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bugs and more.
Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette. During their visit they learned a lot about animals (from wallabies to pot-bellied pigs) and met a two-day old Nigerian dwarf goat.
At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking). If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a study/recreation trip and/or donate snacks and supplies.
LUM is excited to introduce the teachers for the 5thQuarter Summer Learning Program. Pictured (from L to R) with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:
Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and recently earned her associates degree in Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. In the fall, Mady will begin her coursework at IUPUI toward a bachelor’s in social work. She plans to pursue an MSW and eventually working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
Jaunice Williamson – Jaunice is from Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her four children, ages 4, 3, 2 & 9 months. Jaunice is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College and anticipates graduating in December. After graduation, she plans to start a daycare business.
Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She recently earned her bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI. In the fall, Alyssa will be attending New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She will be pursuing a career working with children.
Tabatha Volpi (not pictured) – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 5 & 7. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in 2013. During the school year, Tabby teaches special education in the Lafayette School Corporation through GLASS.
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 – SillySafari 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 & 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 (email@example.com | 765-423-2691).
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 our5th 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).
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. Reutebuch, Central 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org | 765-423-2691).
To view more PHOTOS from the garden project, click HERE
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 (email@example.com | 765-423-2691).