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Orangethorpe Learning Center
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2351 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833
June 2010 - Vol. 15 No. 2

Friends of OLC

For their recent donations of funds, supplies and equipment to our homework center, we're very grateful to:

We thank our friends for dining at Ruby's Restaurant to support OLC and for buying tamales made by the mothers of our children.

We also thank our students' families for providing snacks for the children each day, and our tutor Alba for organizing the snack calendar.

Parents, you can help us make OLC a safer and happier place for its students by visiting it regularly and sharing your ideas with us. We plan to reopen in September 2010 for another school year.

In this issue, we recognize our faithful, hard-working employees who have kept nuestra escuelita open and running smoothly during the past school year. OLC would not have been a success without them.

Patricia Liu

Patricia was born in Taiwan, where she earned a teaching credential at the Taipei Teachers College, and where she taught in elementary schools for 13 years. After coming to the United States, Patricia enrolled in Fullerton College.

While attending FC in 2003, Patricia came to OLC as a volunteer to fulfill her community service requirements. Patricia has a lot of enthusiasm and enjoyed very much helping our children, so OLC hired her as a tutor. Patricia tells us:

"It is really enjoyable to be a tutor of kindergarten and first grade students at the Orangethorpe Learning Center because kids are creative, innocent, and adorable. We sing songs, we make crafts, we read books, and we do homework together like at other schools, but the most special things that we have are that we share our love, care, and respect for each other as a big family. I feel lucky to be with them."

Patricia serves on the board of directors, as secretary, of the North Orange County Chinese Culture Association (NOCCCA), and has served as vice principal of their Chinese School, which operates on Saturdays at Villa Park High School.

Angel Villa

Angel started attending Orangethorpe Learning Center, as a kindergarten student, soon after it opened. He needed a lot of help at first, but soon made progress toward becoming an outstanding student. Angel returned to OLC as a volunteer while attending Buena Park High School. At BPHS, he was an advanced placement student and was given the President's Volunteer Service Award by former President Bush. After graduating in 2009, Angel entered Cal Poly Pomona, where he is majoring in Architectural Engineering. He has arranged his class schedule there so that he'll be able to continue working at OLC.

In October 2007, we hired Angel. Besides helping our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students with their homework, Angel teaches a regular art class which is attended by a very enthusiastic group of OLCers every Thursday. Angel tells us:

Both my family and myself are very much appreciative of the encouragement that OLC has furnished for both my siblings and me. Without that helping hand of OLC, I do not believe that I would have been as successful in school as I have been up to this point in my life.

3 volunteers
Thank you, BPHS volunteers!

Alba Estrada

Alba was born in El Salvador, where she went to a private Catholic school from first grade to ninth grade. Then she went three more years to a bilingual school to become a Bilingual Secretary. She graduated, and in 1992 decided to continue her education in the United States. She worked at McDonald's as a manager so she could pay for her education.

Alba enrolled at Fullerton College. Her education from El Salvador opened the doors for her to get a new job working in a bank, first as Administrative Assistant, and then as an Accounting Clerk. At the same time she continued her education, so she could reach her goal in the field of education She graduated in 2005 from Fullerton College with a A.A. Degree in Child Development.

Patricia Liu, who attends the same church as Alba, suggested she apply at Orangethore Learning Center for an open position. She was hired and works with 2nd and 3rd grade students. She loves and enjoys her job and helping students with their homework every day.

Alba will no longer be an employee at Orangethorpe Learning Center in the Fall, having accepted a job at Kids Adventure Learning Center, Fullerton, where she will be a preschool teacher. But Alba wants to be involved in helping the community, so the Board of Directors of OLC accepted her as a member. She will be serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Orangethorpe Learning Center during the 2010-2011 school year.

3 employees
Alba, Patricia & Angel

Biology Class

Every Wednesday, Pastor Vernon Story has taught a class in biology to our children. In his class, he teaches them how worms and other creatures help make our fields and gardens grow. Vern and the students have helped beautify some of our gardens around the church. In the photo on the right, you can see Vern and two of his students at work, cultivating a garden near the chapel.

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Kristina Iancului

We will also pay tribute here to a former student and former employee who is still very much a part of our family. Kristina started attending OLC as a 2nd grader during our first week. She returned nearly every day as a volunteer while attending Nicolas Junior High and Fullerton High School. After she entered Fullerton College, we hired Kristina as a tutor. She was kind enough to write the following for Fun Times:

Hello OLCers!

I know some of you remember me, but for those of you that don't, I was one of your tutor back in 2006-2008. It truly was a joy working at OLC, and I try to visit as much as I can, bringing donations along as well for you all. I know you will certainly need it more than I do!

I just finished my first year at Cal State Fullerton as a Graduate student, and have only one more year to go. I was working at school for some of the professors as their assistant, grading papers or doing errands that they needed me to do. But just recently, I got hired to work in Riverside for RCOE, Riverside County Office of Education. I work at different schools with different grade levels as a substitute instructional assistant for special education. I really like this position because I get to work with different age groups every day. Sometimes I work with pre-school students, elementary students or high school students. It is a difficult job to do sometimes especially since I work with students who have special needs. Nevertheless, it is always a joy to work with children, as I worked with you all at OLC some time ago!

Soon after I got the job at RCOE, I was accepted for an internship position at Fullerton College for the fall semester. This internship is specifically for graduate students who want to teach at a community college level. I'm really excited for this internship because this is what I really want to do even though I've been teaching and tutoring younger students at the elementary and high school level. I will have a mentor who is a professor at Fullerton College and will be attending classes and tutoring students there.

Have a great summer and I will see you all at the End-of-the-Year party!


Vern & students
Thank you, Pastor Vern!

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