As a part of the LUM Summer of Service, students from Connection Point Church (Lafayette) and Eastside Assembly of God (Lafayette) volunteered this week at the LUM Ray Ewry Center, home to LUM youth programs and the Emergency Shelter. Volunteering at LUM was part of the churches’ “Project Third” (God first, others second, self third), which is a week of serving the local community. Some student-volunteers put a new coat of paint on the trim, door frames, railings, back entrance staircase and playground. Others tidied up the grounds and assembled shelving units in the basement.
LUM is grateful for the help from these hard-working students from Connection Point and Eastside Assembly of God. Their passion for getting involved in making this a better community for everyone is inspiring. If you or your group would like to volunteer during the LUM Summer of Service, click HERE. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.
Recently the members of Renewal Church in Lafayette donated $5,000 to LUM. This gift will have an immediate positive impact on our neighbors in need, including families, children & individuals experiencing homelessness.
Join us in thanking the leadership and members of Renewal Church for their continued support of LUM.
The members of Covenant Church in West Lafayette donated $5,000 to LUM. The Covenant Missions chair stated that, “This is an unrestricted gift to help your organization provide for the critical needs of our community, and to support the many deserving local children who may need financial support for summer camps and after school activities.” Covenant Church youth have also volunteered regularly all summer long (pictured below).
Join us in thanking the leadership and members of Covenant Church for their continued support of LUM.
If you, your church or your group would like to make a donation to LUM, go to LUMserve.org/donate or click the button below.
The Youth Group at Covenant Church (West Lafayette) volunteered for three days this week putting a new coat of paint on the porch, trim and playground at the LUM Ray Ewry Center, home to LUM youth programs and the Emergency Shelter. The high school youth group also volunteered several days in June with the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.
If you or your group would like to volunteer during the LUM “Summer of Service,” click HERE. LUM is grateful for the help from these hard-working students from Covenant Church. Their passion for getting involved in making this a better community for everyone is inspiring.
The high school youth group at Covenant Church, West Lafayette, recently volunteered with the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. They are scheduled to volunteer with the LUM students each Monday afternoon plus a few extra days in June. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.
LUM is very thankful for the help from these hard-working high school students from Covenant Church. Their commitment to getting involved in making this a better community for everyone is heartwarming and commendable.
Pictured (from L to R) with Amanda Bajzatt, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:
Renu Bhatia. Renu grew up in Indore, India and now lives in West Lafayette. She earned a BA in sociology from Sophia College in Mumbai, took several classes at Purdue, and is a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
Danny Pollitt. Danny is from Peoria, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor’s from Purdue in Social Studies Education, with minors in History & Political Science.
Derrick Williams-Bacon. Derrick is from West Lafayette. He earned a BS in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and a Master’s in Technology Education, both from Purdue.
The LUM 5th Quarter is offered Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. The summer childcare program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for these students. Once the school year begins again in the Fall, the LUM students who may typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of 5th Quarter’s focus on enriched and experiential learning.
If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation and/or sponsor a field/study trip. For more information on 5th Quarter, click HERE or email Amanda Bajzatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured with Rev. Cindy Haley, program director, they are (from L to R) as follows:
Claire Seeger is from Lafayette and just graduated from Purdue in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She will be teaching 5th grade at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Whiting, Indiana starting in the fall.
Danny Pollitt is from Peoria, Illinois and now lives in Lafayette. He will graduate from Purdue in December with a degree in Social Studies Education/History with a minor in Political Science.
Angela Roberts is from Fort Wayne and currently lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Evan. She is a senior at Purdue and will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Speech Language & Hearing Sciences. After graduate, Angela plans on pursuing a Master of Social Work degree.
Evan Roberts is from Fort Wayne and currently lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Angela. He is a senior at Purdue and will graduate in May 2018 with a degree in Mathematics Education.
What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! 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 on 5th Quarter, click HERE or email Cindy Haley at email@example.com.
Each year at this time the LUM childcare programs transition from after school care to full-day summer childcare. LUM After School Program concluded another successful year, and the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program sessions have begun. The LUM 5th Quarter is offered Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. The summer childcare program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for a this group of elementary school students.
Once the school year begins again in the Fall, these students who typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of 5th Quarter’s focus on enriched and experiential learning.
Famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglas once said
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
It is a sentiment that we share here at the Lafayette Urban Ministry because while we provide many wonderful services for adults, it is our work with young people that gives us the most hope for the future.
This summer, the Lafayette Urban Ministry has convened our sixth year of 5th Quarter. More than forty at-risk children are enrolled in this 11-week program that employs fun-learning and online study to boost the children’s academic performance in math, reading, science and social studies.
Research in the area of elementary education shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap separating low-income children from their more affluent peers can be traced to differential learning opportunities during the summer months.
Dull summers take a steep toll on the academic advancement of low-income children.
Lacking access to summer camps, family vacations, museums and libraries, they lose a significant amount of what they learned during the previous school year. Researchers refer to this as the “summer slide.” By the time the bell rings on another school year, many low-income children have fallen weeks, if not months, behind.
Each morning, after a gathering time, LUM’s 5th Quarter students break into smaller educational pods where they are taught and guided using IXL, the same online learning platform used by the Lafayette School Corporation while school is in session.
Students can be seen meeting with their teachers at Centennial Park or just outside the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center under a tree. The learning is hands-on and experiential. LUM provides nutritious snacks and lunch for each child. There are frequent visits to the downtown public library, educational field trips and swim time at the Vinton Pool.
But this doesn’t mean we aren’t seriously focused on academics…
Last year’s 5th Quarter program students showed an average gain of 41% in computations with whole numbers and decimals and 12.9% gain in vocabulary and concept development when compared to a control group of low-income students who did not participate in the program.
I am so pleased with the work of last year’s 5th Quarter teaching staff. 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 almost $36,000 for LUM to operate 5th Quarter this summer. Included in that cost are 4 teachers, the IXL online learning program, program supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips. I hope you will join me in sharing a generous contribution so that LUM’s 5th Quarter Program can continue.
Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help LUM continue to offer this program that has shown such remarkable results.
Frederick Douglas is also well-known for saying,
“knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
At LUM we know that successful learning at an early age is the best opportunity a child can ever have to escape a lifetime of poverty.
Please, won’t you join me in supporting LUM’s 5th Quarter program? Place your check in the mail or drop it off in our office today. Or, you may give online, click HERE.
PS – You are invited to observe 5th Quarter first hand. Call me to arrange a visit any weekday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. prior to August 5th.
Pictured with Pastor Cindy Haley, the LUM program director, are
(L to R) Laura Aguilar, Mary Stewart & Ryan Lanning.
Laura & Mary are new this year but Ryan is returning for his third summer.
Laura Aguilar is from Munster, Indiana and a senior at Purdue University majoring in English Education.
Ryan Lanning is from Hammond, Indiana; and is a senior at Purdue, majoring in Elementary Education & Spanish.
Mary Stewart is from West Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School and now attends Purdue University. At Purdue, she is a senior majoring in Elementary Education with the goal of teaching 2nd or 3rd grade.
The LUM 5th Quarter program runs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. 5th Quarter is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for this group of elementary school students. These students who typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers in the Fall because of the focus on enriched and experiential learning.