Even with no fliers going out through the schools, (see separate article about that) there were still 23 students on opening day, Monday, September 30th. We were glad to welcome back so many of our students from past years, including Kristina Iancului, Susan Park, and William and Jesse Solares, who have beecn coming to OLC since its very beginning in February 1995. We have many fine new students too. In the weeks following, we have seen the return of more "old-timers", and some brought little sisters or brothers who are now in kindergarten. Some like Shana Williams thought the Learning Center such a great idea that she invited four other students. Welcome back to old friends and Welcome to new friends too.
Orangethorpe School student, Cameron Schade, was hit by a car at Orangethorpe and Pacific -- in the crosswalk, badly injured, he remains in a coma. Concerned parents, neighbors, students, Boy Scouts and their leaders, and the Director of OLC, Norm Todd, asked the City Council to take positive action to increase the safety of that particular crosswalk. The Council has asked the City Traffic Engineer to study the problem and make recommendations for a a permanent solution. In the interim, a crossing guard has been added at Brookhurst and Orangethorpe and a supervisor posted at Pacific to direct students to the signal and crossing guard at Brookhurst. The bus stop at Pacific will be removed too, to improve visibility.
Another problem exists on Pacific at the rear entrance to Orangethorpe School. There is no sidewalk on part of the street, forcing the students to walk in the street. Ironically, it includes the lot occupied by the Boy Scout House including a curbside fence. (Sounds like a good Eagle Project to correct that problem!)
An OLC support family has donated the cost of having 20 students in a half-hour class each Wednesday with instructor, Karen Kirby from CompuQuest, a computer training company and five modern laptop computers. The students are divided into two sessions, lower and upper grades, two to a computer. Thank you, support family, for this wonderful gift. The students have been taking a serious interest in computer studies, and are quiet and attentive during their lessons. We now have Word Perfect available on one of our P.C.s, with a printer. Teachers are reciving homework from the students that is printed.
Everyone working on the opening of the Learning Center was quite surprised when he denied permission to distribute sign-up fliers at the schools. The reason stated is that there have been complaints of too much church involvment in the schools! OLC's flier was approved on two previous school years. If not the neighborhood churches helping neighborhood children, then who?
The Orangethorpe Learning Center is sponsored by three churches of your Southwest Fullerton neighborhood who are inspired by Jesus' teaching that "whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me." (Matthew 18:5) OLC is staffed by volunteer tutors who are members of our churhes or who live in our neighborhood. We welcome our students' parents to join us in providing a friendly, caring environment where their children can study in the afternoons.
The things most needed are volunteer helpers, pencils, cookies, milk, copy service, funding and a plan for expansion. An average day needs 10 volunteers, a dozen pencils, 68 cookies, a gallon and a half of milk (in addition to punch) about 100 or so photocopies.
The learning center is grateful for donations of funds and equipment by:
Orangethorpe and Cornerstone United Methodist Churches invite all their student friends from the Learning Center to join them on the second and fourth Sunday afternoons of October and November at 1:30 p.m. for Children's Ministry -- Music, Bible stories, sports and refreshments. See flier about this program.
Monday, before the Hot Meal Ministry dinner at Orangethorpe Christian Church (near Gilbert Park) starting at 4:30 p.m. This community service is sponsored by St. Jude Hospital Outreach and the Hot Meal Ministry. Take advantage of this offer and maybe you can avoid this year's flu epidemic.
Monday, November 4th, starting at 5 p.m., at Orangethorpe Christian Church, Dr. Saunders, from the Girls and Boys Club of Buena Park together with the Hot Meal Ministry, will sponsor this free service for school-age children.
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Every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m., some of the local neighbors and parents of OLC students get together with instructor Anna Mansilla and study English for Spanish speakers. Some real progress has been achieved.
Across the "patio" from the learning center is the Resource Center which provides such free services as immunizations, health screenings for women and children, and health education programs. If you have a need in these areas, please contact them. Their published hours of operation are Mon. noon to 4 p.m., Wed. & Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thu. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please use this center, talk them and let them know what you need. Children and families are the primary concern of the Learning Center and health issues are very important to both.
We welcome you at the Learning Center! If you can volunteer some time, even an hour, we need and can use you. Our average daily attendance is 33 students with a highest attendance of 42. We like to have a ratio of 2 or 3 students per volunteer, but that is hard to achieve without your help.
You can help us by reminding your child to bring his or her homework! OLC is a homework center! Our purpose for being there is to help students from Kindergarten through 6th grade with homework assignments from school.
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