The leadership and members of Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) recently donated $10,000 to Lafayette Urban Ministry to support summer programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. In a recent conversation with the LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, church members asked, “How can we help during this crisis?”
When Wes opened the daily mail and saw a check for $10,000, he was humbled and joyously surprised. This grant was made possible by generous gifts from the Chuck & Jack Horner families, who established the Central Presbyterian Foundation’s Horner Family Fund in 1980 to further the community mission & ministry of the church by funding youth camperships for camping programs.
This gift will have a tremendous impact on the families that LUM will serve this summer, especially the children who enroll in LUM youth programs.
Please join us in THANKING Central Presbyterian, one of the founding LUM member churches, for their continued support of LUM.
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 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 teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.
LUM is thrilled to introduce the After School Program team. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Pictured (L to R) are Ann Mobley, Ivy Tech intern; Shavonn Kimbrough, teacher; Mady Kirts, teacher; Kristi Hogue program director; and Michael Welk, Ivy Tech intern (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click HERE.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 was a licensed practical nurse in a hospital for 34 years. She began volunteering with LUM in January.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
At the start of the new calendar year, the LUM After School Program found a new home — the Education Building at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. The transition has been smooth, and the impact has been positive.
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 their schools to the LUM After School Program at Central Presbyterian Church. 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 new location at Central Presbyterian Church will be beneficial in many programmatic ways. Some of them are as follows:
Ability to separate the students by grade level for homework help and tutoring
Large gym available for recreational activities
Separate library for quiet reading time
Large common room (with a stage) for activities involving all of the students
Parking for all of the LUM buses
Secure entrance for student pick up
Space to accommodate 80 students comfortably and safely
Central Presbyterian Church 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.
To view more PHOTOS from the LUM After School Program, click HERE.
During their Weekend of Theological Reflection, Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) is hosting An Afternoon with Reinhold Niebuhr. The event will include a viewing of the PBS film, An American Conscience – The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, as well as an introduction and a discussion led by Dr. Jeremy Sabella, the author of the film’s study guide.
Event details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.
Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 7th St. at Columbia St., Lafayette
Schedule: 2 p.m. – Introduction; 2:20 p.m. – Film screening: 3:20 p.m. – Q&A with Dr. Sabella; 4 p.m. – Round table discussion; 5 p.m. – Closing prayer & dismissal
Admission: FREE, Open to Public & larger Faith Community
Dr Jeremy Sabella will also be offering a sermon at Sunday Worship (September 17) at 10 a.m. followed by an optional Q&A with Dr. Sabella in the Fitch Parlor. For more information, please email or call Don Nead ( email@example.com | 765-491-7267).