The Most Fundamental Gesture of Love and Respect

Dear Friends,

Can you remember someone special from your childhood who made an impact on who you are today?

For Lumin alumna Emy SoRelle that person is Ms. Gwen. For almost 30 years, Ms. Gwen has worked in Lumin’s After- and Before-School Care (ABC) program. ABC gives Lumin’s parents a safe and productive place to send their children at the end of the school day.

We open our doors at 7:00 a.m.—an hour before classes begin. And we stay late — until 6:00 p.m. — so working parents have time to provide for their families.

As an alumna, Emy is more familiar than most with how beneficial ABC is to our families. She remembers Ms. Gwen guiding her and her friends through various activities like reading and painting.

These activities were fun for Emy, but more important were the personal habits and lessons on character. She describes those early experiences in ABC as invaluable.

“Because of Ms. Gwen and the foundational skills I learned, it gave me confidence in myself and my ability to succeed,” recalled Emy.

Through ABC, the lessons of Lumin’s classrooms extend to the time of day when children are most susceptible to negative influences and boredom. For some children, that’s four more hours of learning with us!

ABC was created because families needed a safe and affordable place for their children to go after school. Today that is still a number one priority for working parents—and we need your support to help pay for trained and caring staff like Ms. Gwen in order to continue meeting this need.

Would you make a donation today in honor of that special someone who influenced you as a child?

We would be glad to acknowledge your gift for that person in our annual newsletter this summer. But more importantly, our many families, who already pay on a sliding-scale based on what they can afford, will have a nurturing environment for their kids during the before and after school hours. Click here to give your gift today!


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Terry N. Ford
Executive Director


“Remembering people is the most fundamental gesture of love and respect.” – Tom Reiss



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