Tag Archives: 5th quarter

Urgent Need – Summer Volunteers Needed


LUM Summer Childcare Program – Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3 , from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers.

LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. LUM 5th Quarter volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE —or email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).

PLEASE SHARE.


Food Pantry – Volunteers Needed

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (6th & Ferry Streets, Lafayette) needs volunteers for the summer months especially Monday mornings in June. Specific days and times that volunteers are needed are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 12:45-3:15 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to work the Distribution Window, Check-in/Data entry, and pick up and deliver food (truck driver). A weekly commitment is requested. Volunteers may work 2.5 to 14.5 hours per week.

Please consider signing up for a few shifts this summer. Our community needs volunteers like you to offer this vital resource. For more information, click HERE or email Katy Travis, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry director at foodpantryadmin@stjohns-laf.org.

PLEASE SHARE.


Needed — Volunteer Camp Counselors — LUM Camp 2018

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3).

For additional information, click HERE.

PLEASE SHARE.


Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others?
Sign up to Volunteer with LUM!

Please share with others

LUM Summer Childcare Program – Volunteers Needed


Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3 , from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers.

LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. LUM 5th Quarter volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE —or email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).

PLEASE SHARE.

Meet the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Teachers


LUM is thrilled to introduce the teachers for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


Pictured (from L to R) with Amanda Bajzatt, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:
  • Renu Bhatia. Renu grew up in Indore, India and now lives in West Lafayette. She earned a BA in sociology from Sophia College in Mumbai, took several classes at Purdue, and is a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
  • Danny Pollitt. Danny is from Peoria, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor’s from Purdue in Social Studies Education, with minors in History & Political Science.
  • 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.
What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! 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 Amanda Bajzatt at abajzatt@lumserve.org.

Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

5th Quarter – Summer Daycare Has Begun


LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program 2018

Each year at this time the LUM childcare programs transition from after school care to full-day summer childcare. LUM After School Program concluded another successful year, and the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program sessions have begun.

The LUM 5th Quarter is offered Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. The summer childcare program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for these students. Once the school year begins again in the Fall, the LUM students who may typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of 5th Quarter’s focus on enriched and experiential learning.

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation and/or sponsor a field/study trip. For more information on 5th Quarter, click HERE or email Amanda Bajzatt at abajzatt@lumserve.org.


Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Significant Summer for Children at LUM


Building Stronger Children & Families

A letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director



In a 1855 dialogue with slave-owners, the famed African-American statesman Frederick Douglass wrote,

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

They are words that have always been important to me, because while LUM does more than its share of helping to repair broken adults, it is our work with at-risk children that provides me with my greatest hope for the future.

During the summer months, LUM is heavily invested in the building of strong children. Our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program enrolled 50 children this year. We work with them everyday to help them retain subject matter, through the summer months, in math, science and reading, so that they are better prepared to return to school in August. Research shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap occurs during the summer months when low-income children are not exposed to the same levels or kinds of learning opportunities as their more affluent peers. The 5th Quarter program at LUM has proven successful in reversing this summer learning slide.

LUM Camp serves 90 children in a week-long, overnight, summer camp setting. There are campfire songs, skits, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating, morning chapel, great food, awesome counselors and all the other things a great camp should have. But we also use the opportunity to engage the children in fun thematic learning that bolsters their academic skills along with their confidence and self-esteem. At LUM Camp, we take advantage of every moment we have together with a child to help them prepare for a future bright with promise.

Right now, the LUM After School Program is in full swing. We’ve achieved our goals of increasing our enrollment to 80 children this year. The LUM After School Program provides homework help and plenty of reading time to children – all in a safe and caring environment – until mom or dad come to take them home at end of their workday. If you are interested in working as a LUM After School Program tutor, we could use your help for two hours, one day each week, during the school year. If you’re interested email or call Amanda Bazjatt (abazjatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

How grateful I am that through your gifts of time and financial support, you not only help LUM to repair those who are broken but you also provide children in our community with the care, support and resources they need to grow into healthy and productive adults.

LUM 5th Quarter – Summer’s Over



As the first day of the new school year approaches, the teachers with the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are confident that our students are better prepared than their peers to succeed. During this 10-week program, the trained staff create an academically stimulating environment for our students to learn during the summer months — which includes active learning, educational enrichment activities and study trips. During their final weeks of 5th Quarter, the students took one last study trip to Union Rack & Roll, the bowling alley at Purdue (pictured above).


  • To see more photos of 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program 2017, click HERE.
  • If you wish to invest in 5th Quarter, click HERE to make a donation.

Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

5th Quarter Program—Enhanced Learning


The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is LUM’s all-day experience with enhanced learning, education and recreational activities.



The LUM 5th Quarter students recently participated in two special programs — a trip to Lafayette Fire Station #3 and another to Columbian Park with the Youth Group from the Elmwood Church of Christ, Lafayette, led by Phil Travis.

Above is a picture of our students with Sgt. Trent Richter and Firefighter Landon McDaniel, Lafayette Fire Department. Below is a picture of the Youth Group from Elmwood Church of Christ.



If you would like to sponsor a study trip or recreation activity, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you would like to make a donation to LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS of the 5th Quarter trip to Lafayette Fire House #3 and Columbian Park with the Elmwood Church of Christ Youth Group, click HERE.


Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

LUM 5th Quarter – Narrowing the Achievement Gap


Summer 2017


Dear Friend,

Recently a mom poked her head into my office to share her worry and concern over her eight-year-old daughter’s ISTEP score in reading.  “Unless she does significantly better on her re-test in June, the school has said they will have to hold her back.”

Mom was frustrated that her 60 hours per week, swing-shift schedule keeps her from spending as much time supervising her daughter’s homework as she would like.  She knew that having to repeat a grade could have a significant social and emotional impact on her daughter as well.  


“Is there anything LUM can do to help?”


As it just so happened, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program was about to begin for the summer.  We enrolled her daughter and immediately rolled up our sleeves.  Everyday while mom was at work, her daughter came to LUM to learn.

We were able to enlist the help of two dedicated volunteers who spent hour after hour with the girl to help her read book after book.  As the days passed, you could literally hear the child’s vocabulary improve and see the growth in her reading comprehension.  More than anything, you could feel the girl’s pride and confidence in her growing accomplishment.


The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is held Monday through Friday, during the summer months, in the First Christian Church education building in downtown Lafayette.  This summer we have 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 in math, science and social studies.  Each of these subjects is taught through a combination of classroom and online study.  There are weekly field trips to the public library, Purdue University, or to other locations where our students learn and experience new things.

Our pre- and post-testing indicates that the LUM 5th Quarter students retain more of the knowledge they learned in school and are better-prepared to enter the next grade level in August when compared to a control group of children who did not participate in our program!

I am so pleased with the work of the LUM 5th Quarter teaching staff and volunteers.  I am encouraged by the positive feedback LUM has received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers.  More than anything else, I am proud of the accomplishments of our 5th Quarter students.


It will cost LUM $29,000 to operate 5th Quarter this summer.  Included in that cost are four teachers, our online learning software, program supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips.  

While 5th Quarter parents do contribute a small weekly fee for their children to attend, in order to keep the program affordable for those who need it most, Lafayette Urban Ministry must heavily subsidize the program’s costs.

That’s why I hope you will join me in sharing a generous contribution so that the LUM 5th Quarter Program can continue.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or more, will help LUM to continue to offer this program that has shown such remarkable results in the lives of at-risk children.


Just last week, our eight-year old reader’s mom stopped in to see me again. She shared the wonderful news that her daughter had indeed passed her ISTEP re-test in reading – by 50 points! You could feel the pride and hear the relief in her voice.  

“The 5th Quarter teachers and volunteers have been such a Godsend,” she said.  “They have given my daughter the gift of a brighter future. I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all that LUM has done for her.”

Please, won’t you give a child the gift of a brighter future?  Place your check in the enclosed envelope and mail it today.  If you prefer, you can give online at www.lumserve.org.



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


Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

You’re Invited — Celebration of Service


Reception for Cindy Haley

Rev. Cindy Haley recently announced that she will be leaving Lafayette Urban Ministry in July. Cindy served as the program director for the LUM After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program for 10 years. During her tenure, the LUM youth and childcare programs have seen growth and increasing academic success.

Cindy will be leaving LUM to become a pastor at the Oxford United Methodist Church as well as a chaplain at the Franciscan Health Care Home Hospice. She shared that “this decision has come only after much prayer and counsel.”


Please join us for a celebration of her time at Lafayette Urban Ministry. The details of the reception in honor of Rev. Cindy Haley are as follows:

  • Thursday, June 29
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • First Christian Church, 329 N 6th Street, Lafayette

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Cindy Haley to the LUM After School Program or 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, click HERE.


Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Make a Donation Button
After School Program

Lafayette Mayor Hosts LUM Students



Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program were invited to Lafayette City Hall by the honorable Mayor Tony Roswarski.

Mayor Roswarski shared his story and the many aspects of his job as mayor. He engaged the students who had many interesting questions. Mayor Roswarski finished the visit by inviting the students into his office (photo to right).

It was great experience for the students. Thanks, Mayor! This field trip was one in a series of trips and workshops the students will experience while enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter program this summer. To see more photos, click HERE.

If you or your group wishes to make a monetary donation, sponsor a study or recreational trip and/or donate snacks and supplies, email Cindy Haley at chaley@lumserve.org or go to www.lumserve.org/5th-quarter.


Make a Donation Button
5th Quarter Summer Learning Program