President’s Prep Winner!

8 Feb

One incentive for attending President’s Prep (other than help with studying and assignments), is that students have their names entered into our monthly drawing to win W&J gear every time that they visit us for tutoring after school. Our winner from January is Danielle! She won a W&J t-shirt and decided to model it for us one day after school. She attends tutoring almost every day after school and she says that it has really helped her grades. We’re all excited to see who next month’s winner will be!

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Time Flies!

25 Jan

Time flies when you are having fun! It is hard to believe that January is almost over! The Intersession Volunteers have been ROCKING out at the LeMoyne. We have had some really great activities for the students. On Monday, January 23 the youth learned about the Chinese New Year and their sign and on Tuesday, January 24 they celebrated National Ice Cream Day. Other highlights have included: Winnie The Poo’s Birthday and National Popcorn Day! We can’t wait to see what is in store for February!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

6 Jan

It is a new year at the LeMoyne and the volunteers started back yesterday. It was so great to see the children–we’ve missed them! They were full of energy yesterday and enjoyed a game of basketball and spent extra time at the snack table–very hungry! The volunteers introduced new learning folders and inside each folder is a math and reading packet for each child. Each student has a month to complete the packet… we will see how this new adventure goes.

A Season of Service

13 Dec

This is the last week at the LeMoyne as the W&J students are finishing their finals and headed home for the holiday. The students will be doing a variety of fun activities this week…
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Holiday Party
Holiday Bingo
Thank you cards for the volunteers

We will be back on the blog in January! Have a Happy Holidays!

Getting Through

7 Dec

Last week, as I was tutoring Matt at the Lemoyne Center, he asked me what it was like to be a college student. I told him about everything that I have coming up: planning Holiday Light-Up Night, my exams, my quizzes, the papers due, my doctors appointments, etc.
He looked at me and said “You can’t really do all of that.”
And I told him I could.

He was working on his packet at the time. I realized, at this moment, that the reason he cannot do the packets like the other kids, and the reason he gets so angry, is because he does not read the greatest.
I helped him through it. I got a packet for myself and started doing my packet next to his so he could work with me. I read over the words he did not understand, and took my time to get him to understand the concepts. I came to realize that the reading was tiring and confusing to the other kids around Matt, as well, so I worked to get them through it will still focusing enough of my attention on Matt.

After a while, he asked me, “Why are you doing the packet if you’re so busy?”
And I told him “If I ask you to do something, I should be able to do it, too, and should be able to use it to help you.”
He said: “But why, though?”
And I told him: “Because I am here, and making sure you get your work done is my job.”
And he asked me “Why do you come here if you’re so busy?”
And I told him the truth in the simplest way that I could: “I’m here because I care about you. I care about all of you and want you to succeed and get good grades and make a good future for yourselves.”

He finished his packet, that day, completely. For the first time, he finished all the assigned parts.

Sometimes, getting through to kids takes a special kind of bond that can only be created by getting to know them and by getting them to trust you. You have to figure out what makes them tick, why they think what they think and why they believe what they believe. You need to know what motivates them, and what takes that motivation away. And you have to respect it, all of it, because children think and act and feel in ways that we cannot fully comprehend. But we can try.

Most of all you have to be able to level with them, because if they do not think that you are genuine, you will accomplish nothing.

I’m proud of the work that I do with the kids at the Lemoyne Center. I would not trade it for anything in the world. It is definitely changing my life for the better.

 

~Dylan Frendt

Salvation Army After-School Mentoring Program

4 Dec

Sara, Thary, and I have been having lots of fun mentoring students at the Salvation Army Mentoring Program! We help the kids with their homework and then complete fun educational activities, like building birdhouses or doing science experiments. Sometimes we just play games like basketball or football. No matter what we’re doing, we always have a lot of fun!

-Alex

These Children Have Dreams

28 Nov

I’ve been working at the LaMoyne for a few months now, and I finally was able to get inside the head of one of the students. It wasn’t in the way I thought I would. 

He got angry on the playground and stormed off to one of his “Calm Down” spots. He has seven. One is a secret, but he told me where it is, and I’ll keep it to myself so I can honor my promise. Either way, I brought him out of his angry phase by just asking one question. I really had no clue what to say to this boy, because he seemed too mature for simple, silly questions. So I asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I got quite an answer. 

“I don’t know what I want to be, but I know where I want to go!” His whole face lit up when I asked where. I had expected the names of states and cities in the U. S. Even I haven’t visited half of them. 

“Indonesia. No, Germany. England! China! Oh, and I wanna be able to speak all the languages, too! I want to go everywhere!”

We talked more about what he wanted to do when he got there, it involved touring and filming and studying and eating the exotic foods. He knew a lot about these countries. He could go on and on and on and on about them!

I also ended up telling him about my impending trip to London, and he begged to see pictures when I get back. I plan on keeping that promise, and I hope his dream will keep pushing him to do better. If you can relate what he is learning to another country, or that because he wants to travel, he needs to learn this and do well, he’ll work hard and be really proud of his work! 

Another wants to coach or play professional football, another wants to coach basketball. Some just want straight-A’s or to win their next game. 

Either way, its great to see kids dreaming big and small! 

 

~Emily