Orangethorpe Learning Center
Willy Soriano was OLC's most regular volunteer until April, when we hired him as a tutor. Willy has a full-time job as inspector at Trim-Lok Rubber Seals in Buena Park, then comes to OLC after work to help our students with homework. Willy is a graduate of Redstone Aviation College and once worked in the California Heights United Methodist Church's day care program.
Even before we hired her as a tutor in 2005, Kristina Iancului served as a volunteer, and before that, attended OLC for five years as a student. Kristina will receive her degree next year at Cal State Fullerton, then will work toward a credential as a high school teacher. This summer, she will attend the University of Washington's Summer Academy in Seattle. She will teach a calculus class this fall at CSUF.
Angel Villa was also a student at OLC for several years. He is now a junior at Buena Park High School. When he graduates, Angel would like to study industrial design or architecture. He recently visited Pepperdine University and UC Santa Barbara with a group of advanced placement students. Angel teaches our very popular Thursday art classes.
In 2003, Patricia Liu came to us as a volunteer while attending Fullerton College. We soon hired her as our K/1 tutor. Patricia has a teaching credential from Taiwan. She has a lot of experience teaching Chinese to adults and children. She is a vice principal of the North Orange County Chinese School. This summer, Patricia will also teach Chinese in the Startalk program. If time permits, she will travel to Taiwan in August to visit her family there.
In addition to the dedicated professional staff, several volunteer tutors help children with their homework at our escuelita. The following volunteers were among OLC's founders and still serve regularly:
Recently Roger Davidson, who attends Cornerstone United Methodist Church, and two Fullerton College students, Tim Chen and Sarah Choi, joined our volunteer team. Our Mormon missionary friends continue to come in regularly. Here's Elder Oscarson, working with Rawzan, a first grader, to organize the Learning Center's library:
We remind the parents and other family members of our students that they are always welcome in la escuelita. Please come join us in helping the children of our neighborhood to excel in school and to have a better future! OLC is now closed for the summer, but reopens for another school year Monday, September 8, 2008.
For their recent donations of funds, supplies and equipment to our homework center, we're very grateful to:
We always enjoy hearing from young men and women who formerly attended OLC. Richard came to us in 1996 while in kindergarten and was a part of our family through the sixth grade. He enrolled in California School for the Deaf in Riverside where he has excelled as an athlete and as a student. He is the president of the junior class there and has a 3.5 grade point average.
This summer, Richard will attend the National Association of the Deaf's Youth Leadership Camp in Stayton, Oregon. He is one of an elite group of only 64 students from all over the U. S. A. who were selected to attend this "month-long program of intensive leadership development training." Orangethorpe Learning Center is proud to be able to help Richard participate.