Fun Times - June 2002
Orangethorpe Learning Center

"Some of the news, once in a while"

2351 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833
Vol. 7 No. 4 -- June 2002
A Homework Center


OLC Closes June 6th

Thursday, June 6th, Orangethorpe Learning Center (OLC) will close for the summer. We're planning a fun party to celebrate the end of another school year. A group of our children is busy rehearsing the play Cinderella which they'll perform during the party. Our talented volunteer Layla Dang is the director of our drama team. Among our stars are:

All our friends and family members are very cordially invited to join us to applaud our young actors and actresses. We're very grateful to Layla for devoting so much of her time to our children.

Besides the drama, we will also present the dancing of the famous Ballet Folklórico Xochipitzahuatl, a group of children and youths which has danced for us several times in the past.

Good Advice

An anonymous author wrote the following words:

One Hundred Years from now,
it will not matter
what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of car I drove,
But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

In Our Community

Summer program. The Fullerton community services department will sponsor a program in Gilbert Park, and in other parks, this summer. The program is free, but it's limited to 60 children. Parents, please see the flyer we're enclosing with this issue of Fun Times.

Food distribution. The first Saturday of each month, at 9:00 a.m., the Second Harvest Food Bank Mobile Pantry distributes free groceries in the Methodist Church parking lot.

English classes. Fullerton Community College offers free classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), with free child care:

For more information, call 714.992.6090.

Mobile Clinic. St. Jude Medical Center's "health van" is available to adults in the Methodist Church parking lot every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 714.446.7089 for details.

Hot meals. You may dine free every Monday at 6 p.m. at the Christian Church, 2200 W. Orangethorpe Ave.

Friends of OLC

Recently, we received very generous grants from the following agencies:

We're very grateful for the financial support which we've received from our Catholic and Presbyterian brothers and sisters, as well as from the parishioners of our three sponsoring churches.

Where are you going this summer?

One of our students, Richard Iancului, tells us he's going to go to Romania with his family, where he'll see his grandmother for the first time. They'll take a video camera with them to record the scenes of their trip. Some of us are thinking of going to Peru or Mexico, or to different parts of the United States. We're planning to have a party in the fall so that our families can share the photos or videos of their travels to different parts of the world. Call Norm or Chuck when you get back from your vacations to let us know where you went with your parents!

Some notes from Norm

Wow, what a year! Every year there is something new. This year the city opened an after- school program. Orangethorpe School has a new Vice Principal, Gilbert Park has the new playground equipment installed rapidly because of the signature drive by OLC and neighborhood moms and dads after the fire, a second fire was immediately put out, thanks to the alertness of Kristina Iancului, an OLC volunteer and graduate. We had a bigger tamale sale than last year with many helpers.

We received many new students and new volunteers, some from far away lands. This year many languages were spoken at OLC including Russian, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, French, and of course Spanish and English. I'm sure there were others.

Many research projects were completed by the students including State, Country, Famous People and Places. We relied on the electronic encyclopedias and the Internet in addition to books for information. Many students learned how to use these tools. The K and 1 students created artwork, pictures, and craft items after their homework was done, under the direction and planning of Ms. Bee.

Several students got involved in our incentive program and earned rewards for getting 100% on their spelling, math and science tests. I am quite proud of them for their extra effort.

I learned that we have some talented students too. Several participated in the talent show at Orangethorpe School and performed for Grandparents day that I enjoyed as a substitute Grandparent. Angie sang an excellent solo and Dana will be singing a solo at he 6th grade Graduation.

Social Studies seems to be the most difficult subject for many students. The same problem persists through the years. The problem is that the students try to answer the questions without reading the lesson. They try to do the homework without the book also. OLC bought spelling books this year and they have been very valuable to those who show up without one. I hope we can find the resources to buy social studies and math books for next school year.

We really appreciate our sponsors, donors and supporters. Without them we could not do all we are doing to help students succeed. Thank you!

Working with the students is a big responsibility not taken lightly and I thank you for your trust and participation. Volunteer moms and dads really make the difference. I have great hopes that OLC can find enough good volunteers again next year. In the mean time - HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! BE SAFE AND SPEND SOME TIME READING.


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