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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! Sister Audrey 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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Thank you Cities 97 and Supporters!

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!!

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United Way Honor

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!

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Reading is better than ice cream!

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! lauren.johnsen@spps.org, (651) 793-7364

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Getting Kids Up to Speed in Reading [Video]

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

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Buy music: fund a child.

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.

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You made a difference on Give to the Max Day! Thanks!

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!

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In this season of gratitude...

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.

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Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation Honors ESLC

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.

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We're HOWLING for the Timberwolves and ESLC!

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!"

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New Training Tool for Tutors

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.

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Our success belongs to you! Thank you!

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!

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Partnership with AARP Experience Corps

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 erin.simon@voamn.org.

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Support young readers!

"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!

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Did you know...

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!

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Thank you for supporting ESLC on Nov. 14 - Give to the Max Day!

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!

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Tutors are Gifts!

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.

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UBS Team Spotlight

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

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Why We Love Our Volunteers

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”.

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