When I accepted the position as the new Executive Director of East Side Learning Center, I believed I had a handle on our mission. After 10 days on the job, I can say that I knew a lot less than I thought. Join me on a journey as I share the inside workings of an incredibly efficient nonprofit investing in long-term change that can, and will, have an impact on the educational outcomes of the children we serve.
Read a message from Sister Audrey, learn about a summer tutoring experience, and more!
What a great year! We have so many people to thank and so much good news to share! Read The Bookmark, Spring 2016 edition. Catch up on all the happenings at East Side Learning Center.
Cities 97 sold more than 30,000 copies of its 27th Sampler benefit compilation album, raising over $530,000 in support of local nonprofits, including ESLC. THANK YOU CITIES 97 and all ALL who contributed!!
ESLC wins United Way 2015 Best in Community Impact - Small Agency award! This award celebrates the work and commitment of all of our partners. THANK YOU for making a difference!
Read an engaging story about tutoring at ESLC, written by our former Coordinator of Volunteers, Trisha Clinesmith, for the November, 2015 issue of the Dayton's Bluff Forum! If you are interested in tutoring, contact our current Coordinator of Volunteers, Lauren Johnsen. She would be happy to hear from you! email@example.com, (651) 793-7364
Do you remember? View a nice 3M video promoting the United Way, featuring East Side Learning Center, from our 2015 summer program.
For Deluxe Corporation’s 100th year, 17 employees were each gifted with 100 hours of paid time off to make a difference in their communities. Garth Andersen, Deluxe employee, East Side Learning Center board member and tutor, shared his experience.
Happy Thanksgiving! You do so much for our children. Your donations of time, money, and resources make it possible for these struggling students to gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed. At the ESLC, we’re most thankful for YOU. Enjoy the holiday!
Last summer, the East Side Learning Center received a donation from the Cities 97 CD Sampler, which enabled us to provide summer school for underprivileged K-3 students.
Thank you for your generous spirit on Give to the Max Day! We can't thank you enough for all you have done to help these children! If you didn't have the opportunity to give yet this year, we still have a matching grant in place until December 31. Thank you for all of the support you have given and continue to give these children. Your help changes lives!
We are always giving thanks for your generosity. You make all the difference for our children, and we are grateful! We wish you peace, joy, and good health in the new year.
Our Fall newsletter, The Bookmark, is now available in print and online! Read all the good news: Celebrate With Us!, Dear ESLC, Camping Without Mosquitoes, and more!
Give to the Max Day - Nov. 12. Your gift helps “unlock each child’s potential through the foundation of reading.”
Your dedication to improving the lives of St. Paul children makes their success possible. Your gift enables low income K-3 students who are behind grade-level in reading receive the tutoring they need. Visit https://givemn.org/organization/East-Side-Learning-Center on or before Nov. 12!
Spring is here! Time for another edition of our captivating newsletter, The Bookmark
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation recently recognized the ESLC as a "March Hero in the Making." The lucky attendees of the March 2 game included two students who were selected by the staff. "We are honored to have been recognized for providing tutoring to St. Paul students," said Sister Audrey Lindenfelser, the director of ESLC. "And the students enjoyed every minute of the experience." ESLC received twelve free suite tickets hosted by ViaWest and a signed basketball.
East Side Learning Center has learned it will be honored by the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation as a “March Hero in the Making” just before their game with the LA Clippers on March 2 (at 6:55 pm). In March, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation celebrates Read to Achieve month, honoring individuals or organizations that are “spreading a love of education and reading, especially in relation to Minnesota Youth.” We are THRILLED to be recognized as one of the Foundation's March "Heroes in the Making!"
The ESLC’s personalized lesson plans start where the child is at, taking their individual needs and goals into account while helping them up to the next level of reading. This lesson plan is the ‘secret sauce’ that makes our tutoring so effective.
Thanks to ALL of our generous donors!!! Whether you gave through GiveMN.org on Give to the Max Day, or sent us a check in the mail after reading our latest newsletter, you are MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the life of a young reader! Our success belongs to you! THANK YOU!
Thanks to your generous spirit, we surpassed our goal on Give to the Max Day! We can't thank you enough! If you didn't have the opportunity to give yet this year, we still have a matching grant in place until December 31!
ESLC tutors 280 children per day, so providing free one-on-one tutoring for each of them requires a lot of volunteer hours. This year, the ESLC entered into a new partnership with AARP Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult tutors in disadvantaged schools. For information about becoming an AARP Experience Corps member, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before you read heartwarming stories in the Fall edition of our newsletter, The Bookmark, look closely at the pictures.
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark" ~Victor Hugo ... Spark a love for reading in our young learners through your contribution!
What is "summer slide," and how is ESLC responding? Learn about our efforts to keep children reading across the summer in The Bookmark, Spring edition, now online!
On May 2nd, East Side Learning Center received the America Reads Site of the Year Award a second time. This year our site at HOPE Community Academy won the award. Last year, our site at John A. Johnson Elementary won this honor!
East Side Learning Center was featured in a recent issue of the Saint Paul Music Academy Family Newsletter. Read more about our program at SPMA!
Read about Greg and Beats, two of our wonderful volunteer tutors.
We at ESLC have been blessed by the generous acts of so many caring individuals and organizations this year... We are GRATEFUL!
This year we're tutoring more than 220 K-3 students daily! Last year, ninety-one percent (91%) of our kindergartners tutored were ready for first grade. Partner with us to help more children BEFORE they fall behind! Please consider a financial gift, and/or become a volunteer tutor!
Read heartwarming stories from our tutors and more in the latest edition of The Bookmark, our annual newsletter!
Did you know that children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to drop out of high school? Reading skills lay a solid foundation for future success. Partner with East Side Learning Center by making a financial contribution through GiveMN on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 14!
As usual, the cafeteria at John A. Johnson was filled with laughter and excited chatter last Thursday. But it wasn't kids from the after school program making all the racket.
Last Friday, April 19, East Side Learning Center received the America Reads Site of the Year Award.
Corporate tutoring teams are a great way for busy professionals to volunteer as tutors with East Side Learning Center. Sharing the responsibility of tutoring means that a child has a tutor every week, but the burden of time isn’t placed on j
The East Side Learning Center runs on a core of committed volunteers; they make it possible for us to reach more kids and they love to tell their friends and family about the great work we’re doing. That’s reason enough to love volunteers, but ours sweeten the pot by being extra engaged, loving, and warm. The ESLC is lucky to have a group of volunteers who believe in our mission of “unlocking each child’s potential through the foundation of reading”.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum couldn’t make it to our 10th anniversary celebration, but she sent a letter in support of ESLC and our mission.
Read or watch Mayor Coleman’s proclamation of East Side Learning Center Day.
Sister Audrey extends gratitude on behalf of ESLC. Meet the people who have contributed to student success.
The Mayor paid a visit to the 10th Anniversary Celebration and talked about the importance of supplemental tutoring.