Becoming a great Literacy Mentor (tutor) begins with a relationship. Learn some ways to take a relationship-first approach.
Find out why East Side Learning Center now refers to its tutors as Literacy Mentors
A tribute to 11 years of service from Program Director, Sr. Sharon White, OSF
Read a fall tutoring update from Executive Director Chris Flippo
Volunteers and donors were honored at the 2020 ESLC Celebration for supporting 567 struggling readers, 88% of whom advanced their reading skills significantly.
Learn more about ESLC's stand regarding the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the systemic racism in our state and nation.
ESLC’s former Executive Director S. Audrey Lindenfelser, SSND, once said to me, “They are all our children.” All of us at ESLC embrace this concept. In light of this, ESLC takes a unique approach to literacy tutoring. Learn what makes ESLC unique in this post.
Read about an app that helps you pronounce the letter sounds in a way that makes it easier for a child to sound out words.
Meet long-time supporter and partner in changing each child's life, John Riehle.
Join Peter Rachleff, Executive Director of East Side Freedom Library for a discussion about the history of immigration in St. Paul.
RSVP and plan to join us for a special showing of the KARE 11 documentary, "Love them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary"
East Side Learning Center acquires AARP Foundation Experience Corps - Twin Cities
Executive Director Chris Flippo continues her series, "A year in review 2018-19, What we learned, no. 4." In this third installment, learn about her vision for ESLC's Parents and Children Together (PACT) program to support engagement program.
What we learned in 2018-2019, Blog 2. The Executive Director continues her series on what we learned last year and how it will impact ESLC's path forward. In this blog, read about the impact of a caring adult tutor on the learning process and how we can improve it.
The year in Review: 2018-2019. Executive Director Chris Flippo shares what ESLC staff learned this past year through many transitions.
Executive Director Chris Flippo continues her series, "A year in review 2018-19, What we learned, no. 3." In this third installment, learn about her vision for ESLC's host relationships with schools and teachers.
In this, her final blog of the summer of 2019, Chris shares what we learned last year about planning for ESLC's future.
With the first nice days of summer setting in, the East Side Learning Center hosted its Annual Appreciation Event on May 17th.
It is with sadness that we share the news that former Board Chair John Clarey recently passed away.
Learn more about Mary Riehle, the namesake of ESLC's annual service award.
Sharon Johnson, long-time tutor and staff member for ESLC, received the 2018-19 Mary Riehle Service Award.
The 2018 Theresa Gerhardinger Award was presented to Program Director Sr. Sharon White, OSF, at East Side Learning Center's Super Hero Celebration held April 27, 2018. Also nominated were: Alyssa Hamel, Sr. Rita Jirik, SSND, Cindy Mullan, Lizz Paulson, and Sister Jane Thibault, SSND.
ESLC's data again looks great for 2017-18. The students learned foundational reading skills because of you! You cared. You gave. You volunteered. You changed lives.
ESLC is seeking caring, committed adults to tutor Pre-K through third grade children who need extra support learning to read. Stronger consideration will be given to persons who can work with the same child(ren) 2-4 days per week.
The East Side Learning Center (ESLC) announced the nominees and winner of the 2018 Partnership Award: Experience Corps, Craig Sweet, and Edmentum. Read more to meet the award recipient and nominees.
View the photos and video from the event as you read about the highlights and the recipients of ESLC's first annual Celebration Awards for Partner of the Year Award, the Mary Riehle Service Award, and the Sister Theresa Gerhardinger Award.
What Malala's story teaches me about literacy and life... a note from the Executive Director
East Side Learning Center (ESLC) has gone through significant change since January 1, 2017. That change includes a new Executive Director, the change in United Way funding, and the shifting needs of our students and partner schools. So what's next? Find out from the Executive Director, as we leverage the best of ESLC to plan for a bright future.
You can help us build upon our many strengths and work toward increasing ESLC’s long-term impact in the community by volunteering in a capacity that does not involve tutoring children. Some of these volunteer opportunities are also ideal for groups.
Saying goodbye can be hard. You've worked together for an entire semester or an entire school year. You've developed a bond and have made progress week by week. In this blog post, you'll find tips to help the children transition, and encourage "reading for fun" over the summer.
Channel 5 KSTP featured East Side Learning Center on the evening news. Check it out!
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.
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.
By: Kymberly Miller, Bruce Vento Staff
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.
ESLC is experiencing a funding gap of $90,000 for this year alone. Let's show the meaning of strength in numbers—for the sake of each child living on St. Paul's east side. Please help spread the word about ESLC's program and the needs of our children.
East Side Learning center gained four new staff this year! Take a look at how and why they want to contribute to our mission.
East Side Learning Center launches its new holiday fundraiser. Read about how your tax deductible donation will benefit our children.
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!
Chris Flippo reflects on ESLC children, their love for our program, and what we need to do to continue serving them.
Chris Flippo, ESLC Executive Director, tells us about the first week of tutoring by sharing a few stories from our sites.
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.
We have three part-time positions available: Site Coordinator, Site Assistant, and Data and Office Administrator
Thank you Cities 97 for your generosity to East Side Learning Center and many other nonprofits. Cities 97 is an inspirational partner to work with. Read how you can support this annual fundraiser via the Cities Sampler.
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.
Hear are a few of the details of our Bridges to the Future event, including Sr. Audrey's speech and Senator Amy Klobuchar's congratulations.
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.
Our children love books! Learn how this generous gift is reinforcing literacy in our community.
We thank the Minnesota Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation for their $5,000 in support of East Side Learning Center's Summer Literacy Camps!
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
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!”
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
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.