Children Return to LUM Youth Center
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up: "LUM Loves Children"
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, he reflects on "LUM's love of children," especially during summer with 5th Quarter (see below) and LUM Camp. Please take a minute to watch the video.
Child Care Focused on Learning, Health & Safety
The LUM Youth Center is once again filled with life with the start of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program . Before the students arrived Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, trained the teachers relative to LUM's new strict protocols, which exceed the CDC & State guidelines.

There are new guidelines for check in, pick up, meals, tutoring, recreation, arts & crafts and trips. Parents, students, staff and volunteers must get their temperature taken, wear masks and wash their hands before entering the building; and depending on the situation, will wear face shields, use hand sanitizer and be separated by a "sneeze" guard. The facility will be disinfected before the students arrive, after the students leave, and throughout the day.
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:
  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher's Aide, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items (snacks, disinfectant/cleaning supplies), click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email
Meet the 5th Quarter Summer Teachers
LUM is excited to introduce the teachers for the  5th Quarter Summer Learning Program . Pictured (from L to R) with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:
  • Ann Mobley - Ann is from Chicago and now lives in Lafayette with her four year old son. She graduated from Thornton High School, earned an associates degree in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College, and hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree soon. Ann hopes to open a daycare of her own called Tiny Hands
  • Kristi Hogue - Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 25 years, and their three children, Taelynn (20), Jaedren (13) and Maekenna (8). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past few years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  
  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor's in social work at IUPUI.
  • Tabatha Volpi – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 6 & 8. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in 2013. During the school year, Tabby works for the Lafayette School Corporation.
  • Shavonn Kimbrough - Shavonn grew up in Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her two children Gregory & Zariyah (both 7). She graduated from Carver Military Academy and is now enrolled at Indiana Tech pursuing a degree in accounting.

What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! Please consider joining the 5th Quarter team as a volunteer Teacher's Aide. Volunteers are needed each weekday (7 a.m.-6 p.m.) to assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Due to COVID-19, LUM needs more teachers & volunteers to create a healthy and safe environment. If you’re interested or need more information, click  HERE   — or email or call Kristi Hogue (   | 765-423-2691).
Custom Made Masks for LUM Teachers
In an effort to create the best environment for the LUM students, customized face masks were created for the LUM teachers. Nina Morgan (pictured) who has provided dozens of face masks for LUM already, made face masks with a clear window displaying the teachers' mouths (see picture above). The main reasons for using these customized face masks are:
  • They're essential for communicating with students with hearing impairments
  • 55% of communication is visual
  • Miscommunication increases when you can't see someone's mouth
  • A smile helps a lot

LUM is very grateful for Nina Morgan and all of our mask-makers, including Connie Decker, Linda Lou Prokopy and Jada Haughey.
If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a  monetary donation , sponsor a field/study trip or donate snacks & supplies .
For more information on the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program , click HERE or email Kristi at .
Local Foundations Support LUM Programs
Two Recent Gifts Totaling $19,600
The McAllister Foundation recently awarded the LUM youth programs a $12,100 grant for playground improvements, books & a bookshelf, bus back-up cameras, outdoor lighting and hands-free faucets. As LUM students return to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center this week, this gift will have a tremendous positive impact on the LUM youth programs, directly enhancing the students' experiences. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director is pictured receiving the check from Dave Webb, representing the Alfred J. & Dorothy N. McAllister Foundation.

LUM was nominated by an employee of Briarwood Apartments (Gene B. Glick Company property) and has been awarded a gift of $7,500 from Glick Philanthropies through the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program to help local nonprofits continue to respond to those impacted by COVID-19. LUM serves local families & children including residents in the Briarwood Apartments. This gift allows the LUM Good Samaritan Program and Protein Food Pantry to offer rapid relief to more families needing food assistance, rental & utility assistance and other funds for emergency expenses.
LUM is grateful to the McAllister Foundation and Glick Philanthropies for their support of the LUM mission to serve local families and children.
Indiana Primary Election - THIS Tuesday
Voting Locations | Early Voting | Submit Absentee
​If you have an Absentee Ballot, don't forget to fill it out and submit it. If you are voting in person on Primary Election Day (Tuesday, June 2) in Tippecanoe County, view the voting locations and times, click HERE. You may also vote NOW (before Tuesday); Early Voting dates, times and locations are as follows:
  • Tippecanoe County Office Building: Today - Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Monday, June 1, 8 a.m. - Noon
  • River City Community Center: Today - Friday, May 29, Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Eastside Assembly of God: Today - Friday, May 29, Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Northview Church: Today - Friday, May 29, Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Northend Community Center: Today - Friday, May 29, Noon - 7 p.m.
  • West Point Volunteer Fire Department: Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Primary Election absentee ballots must be completed and returned to any voting location in your county by noon on the Primary Election Day, June 2 . Election information including contact information for all 92 county election offices may be found online at .