2017

Literacy and Immigration in the United States- Is literacy a human right?

I recently shared a blog about an unprecedented court case currently unfolding in Detroit. Effectively, a group of young men are suing the schools for their right to learn to read. They are accusing the district of failing to provide them with the constitutional right to literacy. But then I got to thinking more deeply about the children we serve—where they come from, their families, and their needs—and I realized that learning to read is not just a civil right, but a human right.

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Is literacy a civil right? We the people want reading for all.

A brave group of five former Detroit school students recently filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the school failed to protect their civil rights, because they failed to teach them to read. Is literacy—the ability to read and write—a civil right? I hope by the end of this message, you will know the answer in your heart.

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The Spirit of the Holidays

There is a Buddhist teaching that those who give and are truly generous will never eat another meal without desiring to share it with another. Maya Angelou once said that giving, “liberates the soul of the giver.” Thank you for sharing the holiday spirit by giving generously of your time and support this season.

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Super Readers Return to ESLC!

You read about our "super readers" from John A Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary in last year's spring newsletter. This year we need you to help us make super hero capes for all 280 ESLC children. When they meet their reading goals in May, they will be able to take home their very own "super reader" cape!

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International Literacy Day

The 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day is on Friday, September 8th. Each year, nonprofits, NGOs and education leaders from around the world shine a spotlight on our global literacy needs. In honor of International Literacy Day, East Side Learning Center (ESLC) is spreading the word about our vision—a world where every child has the opportunity to read proficiently with pride and joy by 3rd grade.

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The Impact of United Way Changes on ESLC

The Executive Director shares a message from her heart regarding the United Way cuts. Yes, it's true. United Way cut the program that funds ESLC. In all, the cuts mean ESLC will have $205,000 less per year to serve our children. Despite this news, there is a lot to be grateful for. ESLC is still extremely grateful for the years of support United Way has provided.

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Thank you from Sister Audrey

In response to the May 24, 2017, Celebration Honoring Sister Audrey, Sister Audrey Lindenfelser, SSND, thanks everyone for your overwhelming and steadfast commitment to our children and the critical work of East Side Learning Center.

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Celebrating Sister Audrey, Our Founding Director

Our beloved Sister Audrey Lindenfelser, SSND has retired as Executive Director of East Side Learning Center (ESLC). To celebrate Sister Audrey and her accomplishments, ESLC is having a celebration in her honor. Mark Wednesday, May 24th from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm on your calendar, when we will honor Sister Audrey and what she has given to our community. Invitations will arrive at the end of April. Want more information before then? Visit the event page on our website! NOTE: All gifts given to the Sister Audrey Children's Reading Fund will be matched through the generous support of the Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation! Learn more on Sister Audrey Celebration Event page. The vision for ESLC grew when, in 1998 as part of a long-range effort to revitalize the East Side of Sain

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Mittens of Hope

Colleen Ginter, a first-year tutor at HOPE Community Academy, used her warm-heartedness to quite literally warm our ESLC children this year. She took it upon herself to knit them mittens for Minnesota winters! She says, “No child should go without the basics. ‘Cold hands, warm heart’ shouldn't be a quote that applies to kids!”

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Continuing the Charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

A charism is a particular gift that a group or individual brings to others. For the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), the charism is building community and educating especially women and the poor, enabling them to reach the fullness of their human potential. Read how our new Executive Director Chris Flippo

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A note from the new ED after two weeks

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.

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