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.
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.
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.
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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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. Theybegin 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:
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 (email@example.com | 765-423-2691).
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.