LUM is thrilled to introduce the LUM After School Program team (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). What a talented and caring team! Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers are assisted each afternoon by volunteers.
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 the LUM buses 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 professionally trained teachers, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.
In 2020, 80 children were enrolled; and so far in 2021, 44 children are enrolled.
Local Families & Children Will Benefit from CPC Gift
When Wes Tillett, the current LUM executive director, was the Director of Family & Youth Ministries at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette (2006-2010), they entered and won a video contest inspired by Micah 6:8,
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
The leadership at Central Presbyterian Church invested the $25,000 prize money in an endowment to benefit local initiatives impacting local children.
Recently, Allen Bol, the current Director of Family & Youth Ministries, shared the great news; stating,
“For the first time in our history, the Central youth decided to give 100% of the revenue from the Micah 6:8 Fund to only one organization — Lafayette Urban Ministry!”
He shared that during the discussion,
“The pandemic was heavy on the youth’s minds. As they made a list of where the money should go (hunger, school needs, etc.), they kept turning back to LUM.”
Allen Bol also shared that the Central Presbyterian Church youth have been meeting with the youth of Bethany Presbyterian Church — and the combined youth groups discussed and agreed to give this gift entirely to Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM is grateful for this generous gift and for inspiring a new generation to support the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry.
The LUM After School Program is staffed by professionally trained teachers and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements. This year, the After School Program team includes four teachers who assist the program director, Kristi Hogue. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):
Kristi Hogue – Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 26 years, and their three children, Taelynn (20), Jaedren (13) and Maekenna (8). 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 a member of the National After School Association.
Carleigh Bennett – Carleigh grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She currently lives with her sister and newborn niece. She graduated from Jefferson High School, and plans to start school next fall at Ivy Tech Community College.
Shavonn Kimbrough – Shavonn grew up in Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her two children — Gregory & Zariyah (ages 8 and 7). She graduated from Carver Military Academy and is now enrolled at Indiana Tech pursuing a degree in accounting.
Mady Lester – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s in social work at IUPUI.
Tabatha Volpi – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 6 & 8. 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 also works for the Lafayette School Corporation.
LUM is fortunate to have such a talented, experienced and dedicated team overseeing this year’s After School Program. See below for four ways that you can help the LUM After School Program today.
Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click HERE.
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 (email@example.com | 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.