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LUM 5th Quarter Students – Staying Engaged


Learning Opportunities & Study Trips – 2018

The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have had guest educators, taken study trips and have continued to tend to their vegetable garden.

The LUM 5th Quarter staff members have the children for five days a week, up to 12 hours a day. The LUM teachers and program director work hard to keep the students engaged in fun, experiential learning all day long. This year those programs have been as follows:

  • Science – Imagination Station – Study Trip
  • Science – Soilmaker – Study Trip
  • Science – Silly Safari with Amazon John – Library – Study Trip
  • Science & Nutrition – LUM Garden Project – On site program
  • Science – Art, Crafts & 4D Science – On site program
  • Science – Magic School Bus Science (Elmwood Youth) – On site program
  • Reading – Leonardo, Rockin’ & Reading – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading & Writing – Purdue College of Education – On site program
  • Reading – Rockin’ Readers Theatre – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading – Summer Reading – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading – Friday Visits to the Youth Room – Library – Study Trip
  • Music – Classical Composers & the Waltz – Derrick Williams-Bacon – On site program
  • Music & Fitness – Fiddle ‘N’ Feet, Library – Study Trip
  • Art – Clay Art – Gail Johnson – On site program
  • Fitness & Dance – Van Underwood Stokes, Dancer – On site program
  • Nutrition & Fitness – Series (7 weeks) of Interactive Programs – Tammy Martin, CATCH Program – On site program
  • Magic – Rusty Ammerman’s Dimension of Illusion – Library – Study Trip

To view PHOTOS from some of these exciting programs, click HERE.


If you would like to invest in 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 (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Students Continue to Learn All Summer Long


A Letter from LUM Executive Director – Joe Micon

Summer 2018


Dear Friend,

When elementary students return to school in August, many of them — especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds — will be starting the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of their summer break.

This phenomenon, often referred to as summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide, has been a long-time concern for us at LUM. If quality education is a child’s ticket out of a life of poverty, too many of those we serve are being left behind at the station. Educational research offers a “faucet theory” for why lower-income students lose learning in math, science and reading over the summer. According to the theory, the “resource faucet” is on for all students during the school year, enabling all students to make learning gains.

Over the summer however, the flow of resources slows to a trickle for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their more affluent peers continue to have access to financial and human capital, such as parental education and involvement, which enables them to continue to learn. That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry has been so committed to our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.  The program is held Monday through Friday, from June 1st through August 10th, at Central Presbyterian Church’s education building in downtown Lafayette. This summer, LUM has enrolled more than 50 children.

Each day begins with a nutritious snack, recreational reading and a fun gathering session for our students, teachers and volunteers. Then it is on to learning groups in math, science, social studies and language arts. Each subject is taught through a combination of classroom and online study. There are weekly field trips to the public library, Purdue University and other locations where our students learn and experience new things. We have scheduled a full summer of engaging speakers and enrichment activities that make learning at 5th Quarter fun.



Last week, we combined reading about Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner with audio samples of their compositions (pictured above). In partnership with Purdue Extension, our students have planted and are tending a summer flower and vegetable garden. This year, the LUM 5th Quarter staff has partnered with faculty and students from the Purdue College of Education to enhance our curricula and boost the quality of our students’ learning.

I am so pleased with the quality of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. I am encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers. More than anything else, I am proud of the accomplishments of our 5th Quarter students….

  • Like 8 year-old Isaiah, whose mom is incarcerated this summer serving an addiction-related sentence. He is excelling in multiplication.
  • Like Crystal Jeremy who live with their grandma. She works each weekday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a maid for a Lafayette hotel just to make ends meet. They enjoy D.E.A.R. time – Drop Everything and Read!
  • Like 9 year-old Da’Ron who was able to pass his ISTEP re-test because of remediation that took place at LUM 5th Quarter.

It is costing LUM $31,416 to operate 5th Quarter this summer. Included in that amount are four teachers, our online learning software, program supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips. I am hoping you will join with me in helping to offset those costs.

Please, won’t you consider a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or more, to 5th Quarter? Your support will help LUM to continue to offer this remarkable program that has proven so effective in reversing the summer learning slide for vulnerable children.

Give a child a ticket to a brighter future.  Join me today in making a generous gift to the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.



PS: Interested in viewing 5th Quarter in action?  Call me anytime prior to July 31 to arrange a visit (765-423-2691).


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LUM 5th Quarter Narrows the Achievement Gap


Since it began, 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. Known as “the summer achievement gap,” it impacts elementary and middle school students in general, but low-income students 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 research has proven that the LUM summer students are 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. To view the list of programs, speakers and study trips planned for this summer, click HERE.

If you would like to invest in 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 (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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5th Quarter – Curriculum, Speakers & Study Trips



Purdue Extension:
Karen Mitchell
Ag & Natural Resources Educator
County Extension Director
Purdue Extension – Tippecanoe County
–Assisted us in becoming a Grow Local member. Assisted in gathering plants for our garden. Provided garden curriculum for our garden.
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.

Veronica Jalomo
Nutrition Education Program, a SNAP-ED & EFNEP funded initiative
Purdue Extension
–Provided initial contact with new partners (Amber & Tammy). Assisted us in becoming a Grow Local member.
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.

Amber Knoll
Health and Human Science Educator
Tippecanoe County Extension Office
Provides nutritional education booths for the parents to participate in.
Herbs and making produce last
Garden tasting and food safety
Garden to table preparation
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.

Tammy Martin
Youth Nutrition Education Program Assistant
Catch Program Instructor
–Provide 7 weeks of nutrition classes, including take home materials for parents.
Basic Concepts and Exercise
Snacks
Beverages
Fast Food
Screen Time
Breakfast
Bone Health
She will also assist us in a end of summer celebration in the garden.


Grow Local
Assisted us in securing a donation of soil and plants for our garden.


Purdue College of Education:
Nancy Boes
Continuing Lecturer
Literacy & Language
Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Crystal Johnson
Associate Professor Social Studies Education
Curriculum and Instruction
–Both are conducting pre and post assessments, developing specialized curriculum, and coordinating 17 student teachers to provide daily reading and writing workshops with the intent to strengthen the skills of our kiddos.


Food Finders & City Bus — weekly access to free produce


Public Library

Presentations

  • Silly Safari with Amazon John
  • Rusty Ammerman’s: Dimension of Illusion
  • Leonardo, Rockin’ and Reading
  • Fiddle ‘N’ Feet
  • Rockin’ Readers Theatre

Summer Reading with the Public Library

Friday visits to the youth room at the Public Library


Study & Recreational Trips

  • Soilmaker
  • McCraw Park
  • Imagination Station
  • Purdue Union Bowling

Speakers – Presenters – Facilitators

  • Guest–Van Stokes, Dance session
  • Guest–Monica Shaeffer, vocalist and pianist
  • Guest–Gail Johnston, Clay Art
  • Guests– Elmwood Church Youth

If you would like to invest in 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 Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Summer Childcare Program – Volunteers Needed


Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3 , from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers.

LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. LUM 5th Quarter volunteers 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 Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).

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LUM 5th Quarter – Narrowing the Achievement Gap


Summer 2017


Dear Friend,

Recently a mom poked her head into my office to share her worry and concern over her eight-year-old daughter’s ISTEP score in reading.  “Unless she does significantly better on her re-test in June, the school has said they will have to hold her back.”

Mom was frustrated that her 60 hours per week, swing-shift schedule keeps her from spending as much time supervising her daughter’s homework as she would like.  She knew that having to repeat a grade could have a significant social and emotional impact on her daughter as well.  


“Is there anything LUM can do to help?”


As it just so happened, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program was about to begin for the summer.  We enrolled her daughter and immediately rolled up our sleeves.  Everyday while mom was at work, her daughter came to LUM to learn.

We were able to enlist the help of two dedicated volunteers who spent hour after hour with the girl to help her read book after book.  As the days passed, you could literally hear the child’s vocabulary improve and see the growth in her reading comprehension.  More than anything, you could feel the girl’s pride and confidence in her growing accomplishment.


The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is held Monday through Friday, during the summer months, in the First Christian Church education building in downtown Lafayette.  This summer we have enrolled more than 50 children.

Each day begins with a nutritious snack, recreational reading and a fun gathering session for our students, teachers and volunteers.  Then it is on to learning in math, science and social studies.  Each of these subjects is taught through a combination of classroom and online study.  There are weekly field trips to the public library, Purdue University, or to other locations where our students learn and experience new things.

Our pre- and post-testing indicates that the LUM 5th Quarter students retain more of the knowledge they learned in school and are better-prepared to enter the next grade level in August when compared to a control group of children who did not participate in our program!

I am so pleased with the work of the LUM 5th Quarter teaching staff and volunteers.  I am encouraged by the positive feedback LUM has received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers.  More than anything else, I am proud of the accomplishments of our 5th Quarter students.


It will cost LUM $29,000 to operate 5th Quarter this summer.  Included in that cost are four teachers, our online learning software, program supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips.  

While 5th Quarter parents do contribute a small weekly fee for their children to attend, in order to keep the program affordable for those who need it most, Lafayette Urban Ministry must heavily subsidize the program’s costs.

That’s why I hope you will join me in sharing a generous contribution so that the LUM 5th Quarter Program can continue.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or more, will help LUM to continue to offer this program that has shown such remarkable results in the lives of at-risk children.


Just last week, our eight-year old reader’s mom stopped in to see me again. She shared the wonderful news that her daughter had indeed passed her ISTEP re-test in reading – by 50 points! You could feel the pride and hear the relief in her voice.  

“The 5th Quarter teachers and volunteers have been such a Godsend,” she said.  “They have given my daughter the gift of a brighter future. I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all that LUM has done for her.”

Please, won’t you give a child the gift of a brighter future?  Place your check in the enclosed envelope and mail it today.  If you prefer, you can give online at www.lumserve.org.



PS: Interested in viewing 5th Quarter in action?  Call me anytime prior to July 31 to arrange a visit (765-423-2691).


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