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.
Half-time, paid, 12 months; M-F afternoons; 18.75 hours per week
$16,814 starting salary; $5,044 starting cash benefit; 4 weeks vacation per year
Successful candidates will have one year of administrative & classroom teaching experience in school or other agency experience; Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human services or education
Director of Elementary Education – Youth Programs (more details, click HERE)
Below are two professional positions in education and childcare. One is a half time position at Lafayette Urban Ministry working with students in the After School and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Programs. The second is the Heads Up Site Director (quarter time) at Federated Church in West Lafayette.
Please share these positions with others. Detailed information on each position may be found below. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Director of Elementary Education—LUM
This half time position promotes and supervises the academic progress and achievement of children enrolled in Lafayette Urban Ministry after school and summer learning retention programs.
Pay: $16,814 starting salary; $5,044 starting cash benefit; 4 weeks of vacation per year
Requirements: Successful candidate will possess one year of classroom teaching experience and a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university
Duties: Daily activities include reading promotion, homework help, communication with teachers and parents, use of online communication and learning platforms, planning of educational enrichment activities and recreational activities and transportation of children from schools on activity bus.
Must work well with volunteers
5 afternoons per week. 18.75 hours/week
How to Apply: Email a cover letter, resume and teaching philosophy by noon on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to LUM Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heads Up Site Director — Federated Church
Part time position, 6-8 hours/week; academic schedule and 10 week summer—to begin August 2017 — at Country Villa Apartments, West Lafayette.
Requirements: Standard child background check; College degree in education, social work or related field, or appropriate experience
Lead tutoring sessions on site (Country Villa, West Lafayette) twice a week during school year
Assign tasks to volunteers to help students with academic work
Understand milestones for grade level and find appropriate activities
Support parents in parent teacher conferences if necessary
Present report/semester to Program Director of at risk students and their progress
Lead a summer program of enrichment, field trips and fun. Suggested topics:
– Social skills
– Remedial academic work if possible
– Computer skills
Help for older students applying to college/vocational school; ie. 21st century application
Total 6-8 hours per week,
Two weekdays following the school schedule,
90 minutes sessions; for example, 3:30-5 p.m. per session or 4-5:30 p.m.
Minimum 4 hours per week of student tutoring at Clubhouse
Other activities could include:
– Summer enrichment
– Complex wide events, ie barbecues, twice a year
– Further individual tutoring
– Parental Follow up
– Volunteer recruitment
– Documentation & records
How to Apply: Email a cover letter and resume by Friday, July 14, 2017 to Pauline Shen at email@example.com.