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African Leaders From Purdue Serve LUM


Mandela Washington Fellows Visit LUM Students

Four participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Purdue recently engaged with the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and taught them about their countries in Africa. The fellows are Mathabo Duma from Lesotho, Leonor Fall from Senegal, and Immaculate Nwajagu and Temitope Olatimehin from Nigeria (pictured with Wes Tillett, LUM executive director). This is just one example of the “enhanced learning” offered by LUM each summer. To see more photos of their visit, click HERE. To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Purdue, click HERE. Thanks to the Fellows as well as Lonni Kucik and Holly Shaver at Purdue for connecting us and making their visit so meaningful.


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Meet the LUM Summer Teaching Team


Engaging Students – Learning, Fun, Recreation

LUM is proud to introduce the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program team. What a talented and nurturing team! Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers are assisted each week day by volunteers.

KRISTI Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband, and their three children, Taelynn (22), Jaedren (15) and Maekenna (10). 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 pursuing a master of arts in education from Ball State University. She is a member of the National After-School Association.

KYLEY Certain grew up in and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Jerry, and their three sons, Liam (7), John (4.5), and Hudson (8 months). She graduated from McCutcheon High School and earned a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development from Indiana Wesleyan University. During the school year, Kyley works for Lafayette School Corporation as a Title 1 paraprofessional.

MADY Lester grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Kiel. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned a bachelor’s in Social Work from IUPUI, and this past May earned a Master of Social Work from the Indiana University School of Social Work.

PATRICK Renfrow grew up in Macon, Georgia and completed his high school education in Logansport. He earned an associate degree in Theology from Grace University, Winona Lake, IN. Patrick is also a teacher and bus driver with the LUM After School Program.

ANN Mobley is from Chicago and now lives in Lafayette with her six year old son. She graduated from Thornton High School, earned an associates degree in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Ball State University. Ann hopes to open a daycare of her own called Tiny Hands.

BREANNE Stewart grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her two children, Faythe (high school sophomore) and Gabriel (first grade). She graduated from Faith Christian High School and earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College.

TABBY Volpi grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 8 & 10. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. During the school year, Tabby works for the Lafayette School Corporation.


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LUM Summer Students Learning & Growing


LUM 5th Quarter Narrows the Achievement Gap

Since its beginning, 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. This “summer achievement gap” may impact all elementary and middle school students, but students from low-income families 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 is confident that the 5th Quarter students are at pace with or 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. This summer, there are 72 local students enrolled. Meet the LUM summer teaching team below.


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Four Ways YOU Can Help – LUM 5th Quarter


Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items | Sponsor

It’s summer, and the LUM Ray Ewry Center is filled with excitement and joy from the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • DONATE – Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – Sign up to be a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • Donate NEEDED ITEMS (snacks, toilet paper, cleaning supplies), to view the LUM Wish List, click HERE
  • SPONSOR a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

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 Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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LUM Youth Programs Transition to Summer


Today’s the Last Day of the After School Program

Today is the last day of the LUM After School Program and the teachers and students are celebrating another successful year.

It was another school year of COVID-19 challenges and eLearning Days, but it was also a wonderful service for local families with…

  • super talented teachers,
  • enhanced learning experiences,
  • holiday celebrations,
  • record number of donations, and
  • full enrollment of students from local schools.

Thank you to everyone who made this year a success, giving low-income families a safe, loving and enriching environment for their children each day after school.


5th Quarter Summer Program Starts This Tuesday

This Tuesday, May 31, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program team will welcome 60+ students to the full-day, enhanced child care experience. If you, your group or business wishes to invest in the proven success of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, here are FOUR simple WAYS:

  • DONATE – Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • NEEDED ITEMS – To view LUM’s Top 10 Favorite Donations, click HERE
  • SPONSOR A TRIP – Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program offers scholarships and accepts “vouchers” to provide full-day, child care to low income families. Stay tuned for more good news from the LUM summer youth programs in the coming weeks.


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Snacks Needed for LUM Students


LUM’s Top 10 Favorite Donations

SNACKS needed every day! LUM serves a snack to our students every weekday during summer break. Please consider donating snacks to LUM today.

LUM’s Top 10 Favorite donated items are as follows:

  1. Snack Bars — Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, Breakfast Bars, Cereal Bars, Rice Krispies Treats
  2. Drinks — 100% Fruit Juice, Bottled water, Milk
  3. Healthy Snacks — Fresh fruit, Carrots (snack size), Raisins, Yogurt cups, Applesauce cups, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Gelatin cups (Jello)
  4. Peanut butter & Jelly
  5. Toilet Paper
  6. Paper Towels
  7. Bleach – Clorox
  8. Trash bags – 13 gallon/tall kitchen draw-string & 55 gallon can liners
  9. Books
  10. Toilet Cleaner, Glass Cleaner & All Purpose Cleaner

Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. If you wish to donate items to LUM, please either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).


Click HERE to view the complete LUM Wish List for the After School Program and more. Check out and follow our Pinterest board too. Click HERE.


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Summer Learning Continues through August 6


Students Better Prepared to Return to School

When students return to school in two weeks, many of them — especially those from low income families — will be starting with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of the summer break. That’s why Lafayette Urban Ministry has been so committed to our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. The 5th Quarter program offers low-income children the chance to keep pace academically with their peers, who may have more opportunities.

The program is in session each weekday throughout the summer months. This summer, there are 64 students enrolled. They begin their day with a nutritious snack and reading time. Then it is on to learning math, science, and social studies, taught through both classroom and online study. The students also regularly go on local recreation & learning excursions.

Please, consider investing in the success of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program! Your support gives a child a better chance for academic success and a better future. If you wish to make a donation go to LUMserve.org/donate or click the button below.


Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items (snacks, disinfectant/cleaning supplies), click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

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 Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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Meet the LUM Summer Child Care Team


Introducing the 5th Quarter Summer Teachers


LUM is excited to introduce the dynamic and talented team of teachers for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, pictured above with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director.
During the LUM Summer of Service, please consider volunteering with the 5th Quarter team as a Teacher’s Aide. Teacher’s Aides are needed each weekday (7 a.m.-6 p.m.) to support the LUM director and teachers. Volunteers assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Teacher’s Aides 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 Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donationsponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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5th Quarter Summer Students Have Returned


Child Care Focused on Learning, Health & Safety

The LUM Youth Center is once again filled with life with the start of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items (snacks, disinfectant/cleaning supplies), click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

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 Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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Custom Made Masks for Teachers


In an effort to create the best environment for the LUM students, customized face masks were created for the LUM teachers. Nina Morgan (pictured) who has provided dozens of face masks for LUM already, made face masks with a clear window displaying the teachers’ mouths (see picture below).

The main reasons for using these customized face masks are:

  • They’re essential for communicating with students with hearing impairments
  • 55% of communication is visual
  • Miscommunication increases when you can’t see someone’s mouth
  • A smile helps a lot

LUM is very grateful for Nina Morgan and all of our mask-makers, including Connie Decker, Linda Lou Prokopy and Jada Haughey.


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 Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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