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posted: 8/4/2014 4:46 PM

Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center Makes Learning Fun

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  • Moo Plo Paw and Easter are enjoying learning this summer at the GECRCLauren Foster

    Moo Plo Paw and Easter are enjoying learning this summer at the GECRCLauren Foster

Mary Beth Sackett

Every Tuesday through Thursday from June 24th to August 7th, the children of the GECRC are gathering at Faith Lutheran Church and having a great time and learning a lot, too.

5th grader, Wednesday Moo can't wait to work on math problems with his learning group. His teacher's assistant Bailey Bystry is constantly surprised by how eager all of the children are to learn. Most of the children are refuges who came to this area and are not only learning basic concepts, but also often learning a new language. Bailey works with the 5th and 6th graders and said, "Watching the progress as the children grasp complex concepts is just amazing. They are so eager to learn, it is fun!" Roshni, also a 5th grader said the summer program at GECRC is the best because it's a lot of learning games with friends and teachers. It is great preparation for 6th grade when she will move to junior high school at Hadley.

The GECRC serves children from low-income families in Glen Ellyn by providing after school and summer programs that emphasize literacy and use the talents of teachers and volunteers. Funded solely by grants and donations, the GECRC is grateful to the community for generating $4,200 from its recent spring solicitation to contribute to the summer program. Executive Director Joyce Hothan had this to say, "We are so fortunate to be in a community that invests in education and learning for everyone. We also want to express our thanks to Faith Lutheran Church for hosting our program this summer while Abraham Lincoln elementary school is closed due to construction. The Glen Ellyn community truly came together to make learning fun this summer at the GECRC."