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2351 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833
June 2003 - Vol. 8 No. 4

What They're Saying About OLC...

Instead of telling you about Orangethorpe Learning Center ourselves, we thought we'd let you see what others have said recently:

Working with the Orangethorpe Learning Center has been an extreme pleasure for Orangethorpe School. The staff at the Center has gone out of their way to assist us.

Chuck Carey and Norm Todd know the academic needs of our students and work closely with the staff to foster learning beyond the classroom. Both visit our campus frequently to follow the children's progress. From the Principal's point of view the Center's relationship with our school has been exemplary and I am impressed with the work they have done with our students. We definitely see improvement in their academics.

The staff is positive about the Learning Center and alacrity is present when working with the Center staff. We are a "National Blue Ribbon" and a "California Distinguished School". I strongly believe that the Center has contributed to our success. They are a hard working and dedicated group that cares about children and the community. It's a pleasure to have them on our team!

Patrick J. Backus

Principal, Orangethorpe School

Dear Norm

I relly like it. Ever sins I been going here I get my homework done. And I even get a relly big snack. And The people here are so nice. When you get your homework done you even get to do other things like playing on the computer and do arts and crafts.

This is The Best Program Ever

[a 4th grader]

Seventeen nonprofit agencies are among recipients sharing $2 million in Community Development Block Grant funds authorized by the City Council Tuesday.

For Fullerton Union High School sophomore Kristina Iancului, a $7,000 allocation to the Orangethorpe Learning Center means she will have ample supplies, computers and textbooks to help tutor children.

It's a way of giving back for Kristina, who sought help at the center in second grade.

"Today, I have a 3.8 grade point average," Kristina told the council. "At OLC I was inspired to learn more."

Kathy Alvarez, an Orangethorpe School sixth-grader, sat in the audience appreciative for the gift. "My projects are neater and my grades have gone up," she said. "I don't have the Internet or a printer on my home computer."

Barbara Giasone,
Fullerton News Tribune

OLC Receives Grant

As you've read in the News-Tribune article, Orangethorpe Learning Center was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the city of Fullerton. We are grateful to Edgar Medina and Elvia Arredondo of the Orange County Human Relations Commission for their help and advice in preparing our application.

A Distinguished OLC Graduate

When we presented our grant request in February to a citizens committee, Norm, Chuck, Margareta and Bertilia each spoke in support of our application, but we believe the committee was more impressed by hearing from learning center graduate Kristina Iancului, who is now an honor roll student at Fullerton High School.

When the citizens committee recommended OLC for one of the CDBGs, we chose Kristina as our spokesperson to address the City Council on May 6. She was completely at ease in the presence of our city's leaders, who approved our grant.

Not only is Kristina on the honor roll at Fullerton High once again, but she was selected Student of the Year. This fall, although she's only a Junior, she'll begin her college career with a chemistry class at Fullerton College.

Kristina is also an outstanding athlete, as anybody who has played with or against her in the Disney Goals hockey program will tell you. As this issue of the Fun Times goes to press, she and her brother Richard are on their way to a summer camp in Chicago for children and youth with hearing impairments. The camp is sponsored by legendary hockey player Stan Mikita.

New Employee

We're pleased to have Lauren Bonecutter join us as 5th/6th Grade Tutor. Lauren alternates with Layla Dang, and also "pinch hits" for K/1 Tutor Bee Sermeño when Bee is unavailable.

Goodbye, sixth graders!

We congratulate the following OLCers who are graduating into junior high school:

We hope each of you will come back to OLC in the future to help our little ones with their homework!

OLC Closes

Orangethorpe Learning Center is closed for the Summer. We celebrated the end of our school year with a party featuring:

Thank you! to everybody who made our party and our year a big success.

Friends of OLC

We are especially grateful to the following generous friends for supporting OLC:

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