LUM Preparing for Summer Programs
Wes's Weekly Wrap Up: "The 'WHY' of LUM"
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, he reflects on the "why" of LUM as we formulate the "how." Please take a minute to watch the video.
Child Care Focused on Learning, Health & Safety
Normally, each year at this time, the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue, is beginning the transition from after-school to full-day child care. But this year, nothing is "normal."

The LUM Youth Center has been empty since March, but 40 students will be returning on May 26 for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program . In preparation, Kristi (pictured) has been planning for weeks — studying CDC & State guidelines, ordering supplies, developing new health & safety protocols and hiring and training teachers.

On average, students’ achievement scores decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning, referred to as an "academic achievement gap." This year due to COVID-19 , the "gap" is wider since schools have been closed since March. The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for local students. When the school year begins in the Fall, these students who typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of the enriched and experiential learning offered by the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program .

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 .
Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:
  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email
LUM Looking for Volunteer Summer Teachers
Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, May 26 through August 7, from  7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Volunteers support the LUM director and teachers.

Volunteers are needed each weekday to assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Due to COVID-19, LUM will need more teachers & volunteers to create a healthy and safe environment. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially.

If you’re interested or need more information, click  HERE   — or email or call Kristi Hogue (   | 765-423-2691).
Volunteers & Staff - Adapting to COVID-19
Social Distancing - LUM Staff Meeting
LUM is determined to remain open to support local families in need and individuals experiencing homelessness. To maintain a safe & healthy space, LUM staff members communicate regularly, adapt to the ever-changing situation, support each other and practice self-care. LUM Staff  members have been meeting more frequently — using video conferencing (pictured).

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of  cash donations  ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500) needed items  (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time ( volunteer  at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

Social Distancing - Preparing Recent Mailing
LUM is getting creative — staff & volunteers recently helped the LUM office manager,  Linda Hicks , prepare a mailing. To stay safe, they used separate work spaces and wore masks. Pictured L to R are Alexandra Hicks , LUM volunteer & Purdue student; and Connie Decker , LUM receptionist. Thanks to ALL of our volunteers & staff members for going above & beyond to keep LUM open for business through this crisis. If you wish to volunteer with future mailing projects at LUM, click  HERE .
Indiana Primary Election - Voting Options
Every Voter is Eligible for an Absentee Ballot
Due to COVID-19, Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot for the June 2 Indiana primary. To vote absentee-by-mail, voters must complete the Application for Absentee Ballot  and mail, email or fax it to your local county election office or the Indiana Election Division. The application must be completed & received by May 21 at 11:59 p.m. After an application has been received, the voter will be mailed a Primary Election ballot. The voter must then complete the ballot, and return it to the county election board by noon on Election Day, June 2 . You may also vote absentee in person beginning 28 days before Election Day at locations designated by your county's election board. For more information, contact your local county election office. Election information including contact information for all 92 county election offices may be found online at .

Absentee Ballot - Application forms are as follows:

Tippecanoe County Election & Voter Information is as follows:
  • Email:
  • Fax: 765-423-9386
  • Mail: PO Box 619, Lafayette, IN 47902
  • Vote Absentee In-Person at the Tippecanoe County Building, 20 N 3rd Street 3rd floor, Lafayette, IN 47901; Tuesday, May 26 to Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Monday, June 1st from 8 a.m. to noon
  • In-Person Early Voting begins Tuesday, May 26. For information on locations & times, click HERE.

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