We have had our third parents meeting, attended by 7 or 8 parents. We discussed the learning center and the neighborhood, including Gilbert Park. The police department sent two representatives to answer questions and hear our concerns. Some of the items discussed were:
Shermeek was given a certificate for excellent work in Domino Math by her school. Congratulations, Shermeek!
César got a 100% on a spelling test. Congratulations, César!
Adriana's school teacher said that she's improving in her school work. Congratulations, Adriana!
Lam has been completing a lot of homework and is doing geometry in math. Congratulations, Lam!
Tony B. received a certificate from his school placing him on the 3rd Quarter Honor Roll. Congratulations, Tony!
The homework center idea is catching on all over! When OLC was opened in February 1995, we received much help and inspiration from La Habra United Methodist Church's center and also from the Shalimar St. center in Costa Mesa. Recently, the Do Unto Others of Orange County Homework House received a Disney community service award and grant. Several centers in Santa Ana and Anaheim are about to open. Two of our friends from Shalimar, María Alvarez and Paty Madueño, were just given awards by the Orange County Human Relations Commission for for their good work there.
We have just learned from St. Jude Hospital that it will sponsor a Resource Center, to be located in the "Church Lounge", across from OLC. The Center will be a source of information for people in our neighborhood on how to obtain help from the city and private organizations. St. Jude's will send a nurse regularly to give checkups and immunizations. Other services and activities will be developed as we find out more about your needs. This is your chance to participate in a very worthwhile project.
Orangethorpe Christian Church offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes every Monday night at 7:00. Ask Norm Todd for details.
At one of our meetings with parents of OLC students, we were asked if we would help their children learn more about the Bible. We are glad to comply with these parents' request. Any parents who who would like to have their children study the Bible after they have completed their assigned lessons should let Norm or any volunteer know. We have several Bibles and a variety of study materials available.
Lois was one of the first people to sign up as a volunteer tutor when OLC opened. She usually works not one day a week, but two, with her favorite kids. Lois was born in Nebraska, but came to Los Angeles, CA, as a child, and attended Manual Arts High School and U.C.L.A. She has lived most of her life in Orange County and worked in accounting, but also found time to be active as a PTA and Girl Scout leader while raising her four children. Lois also has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Melissa Lovett, lives next door to Lois in Anaheim and enjoys visiting OLC with her. Everybody who has met Lois has been inspired by her great love for children and her limitless patience, enthusiasm and energy.
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