September 9, 2002, Orangethorpe Learning Center (OLC) opened for its ninth school year. More children came to us for homework help than on any other opening day in our history. There were sixty (60) children present that day, and similar numbers of students all week, but we were able to help all the students who came in, thanks to:
Both of our previous employees, Director Norm Todd and K/1 Tutor Bee Sermeño, are back for another year. We welcome a third employee, Thanh "Layla" Dang, who will serve as our 5/6 Grades Tutor. Layla is a student at California State University Fullerton and hopes to be a teacher some day. She lives around the corner from OLC on Gilbert Street and is already well known to many of our children. Last year, Layla was a volunteer tutor at OLC and was in charge of the production of "Cinderella" which was presented at our end-of-year party in June.
During the Learning Center's first week, while we were remembering the terrible events of 9/11/2001, several things happened which reminded us of how wonderful our children are. A fifth grader who had always seemed shy and quiet, Judith Barragán, told us that she had already finished her homework and asked if it would be okay if she helped other children with theirs. We told her it would be all right as long as the other children didn't mind. For the next hour, Judith went from one table to another, helping children in second, third and fourth grades with their homework. All of these children seemed very glad to have Judith helping them.
On September 10th, Dana Newsted, who is a sixth grader, told us that she thought it would be a good idea for our students to do something to commemorate the anniversary which would occur the next day. She talked to Layla about her idea and they decided it would be appropriate for the children to make a vase of brightly colored flowers to place on our church's altar the next day in remembrance of the people who lost their lives a year ago. All those who attended the memorial service on 11 September were moved to know that our children had wished to express their feelings in this way.
During the summer, we discovered that one of our fourth graders, Bianca Solares, was coming to Hot Meal Ministry at Orangethorpe Christian Church every Monday night to help us serve meals to the people of our neighborhood.
We are grateful for children like Judith and Dana and Bianca, and for the rest of our students, and for the opportunity to work with them and to learn from them. We hope that more of our readers will join us at Orangethorpe Learning Center to share the joys of knowing these children who are America's hope for the 21st Century.
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.
La Sierra High School also offers free English classes at Pacific Drive School, 1501 W. Valencia Drive. For information, contact Vanessa Ruesga at 714.446.7629.
Karate Class. Sensei Mario Huipe teaches karate at the Methodist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm. Parents should visit the class to discuss enrolling their children.
Disney GOALS. This excellent athletic and academic program is open to boys and girls from 6 to 19 years of age. Classes are held every Friday at 3:45 pm in the United Methodist Church fellowship hall. There is an additional day each week when participants go to Disney Ice in downtown Anaheim to compete against other young people in hockey. For information, call 714.956.4625 or come to class on Friday.
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 Orangethorpe Christian Church, 2200 W. Orangethorpe Ave.
We remind our families and friends that the programs we've listed above are not connected with Orangethorpe Learning Center in any way. Their schedules may have changed without our knowledge. Please visit the programs or call the numbers given to learn more!
In addition to recent grants from the Catholic and Presbyterian churches, we also received a grant during the summer from the Reconciliation Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We are very grateful for the ecumenical support which is being given to our modest neighborhood program.
We're also grateful for the donations of funds and of computer equipment which were made this year by:
As OLC prepared to open its doors once again, we were extremely happy to make the acquaintance of two new leaders at our local schools:
Each of these administrators welcomed us to her school and helped us distribute information on OLC to the teachers and parents of her students. We invite both Linda and Barbara to visit Orangethorpe Learning Center whenever they wish.
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