Kids Create: Pop Art Hands

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Back in February, the Columbia Museum of Art outreach staff led the children in the St. Lawrence Place after school program in creating unique art using their hand prints, in the style of Pop Artist Andy Warhol.


Family Literacy Night

Posted by: Ashley Harp

A teen explains his goal to become an attorney.
Every third Monday of each month, St. Lawrence Place hosts a Family Literacy Night in which all families come together for a meal that is prepared on site and a literacy based activity.  May’s Family Literacy Night was a successful, fun night filled with laughter, applause, and a few tears as the teenagers of St. Lawrence Place presented their career projects in front of an audience of parents, children and staff.  The teens worked for weeks preparing their projects by gathering information on their dream careers to include education requirements, job descriptions, projected salaries and their college of choice.  Among our group of teens, we have aspiring lawyers, NBA players, veterinarians, military officers, cosmetologists, psychologists, athletic trainers, NFL players, pediatricians and artists.  We were very proud as each teen came up and presented quality PowerPoint presentations and poster boards and spoke clearly and very articulately.teenpresentation2
One student, Demars, surprised the Children’s Program staff with a  very touching ‘thank you’ letter for all the encouragement, support and motivation that they give him on a daily basis.  We look forward to seeing the teens’ success as they pursue their dream careers!

Kids Create: A Volcano!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Back in February, the Science Quest crew of volunteers from USC led the kids in the St. Lawrence Place after school program in a hands-on experiment:  creating a volcano!


Summer Camp & Literacy Gains

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematics over the summer months.  Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains in reading, (Cooper, 1996).

Cocky’s Reading Express event at the USC Horseshoe

Last summer, in order to help combat this summer learning loss, and through a generous grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, we provided a quality, literacy-based, full-day summer learning program for 32 homeless and impoverished children ages 4-11.

Flashback: And They’re Off! (video from Race for the Place 5K)

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, we hosted our 4th annual Race for the Place 5K event to benefit the families living in our transitional housing program at St. Lawrence Place.  This year’s event raised over $10,500 for SLP!

Summer Lunch Volunteers Needed

Posted by: Jessica Malovic

Summer Lunch Volunteers Needed –

YOU Can Help These Children Eat Healthy ALL Summer!

Children of St. Lawrence Place


During Summer Camp, SLP provides breakfast, lunch and two snacks for 30 children every day from June 5-August 9. We depend heavily on volunteers to prepare and serve lunches because we have such a small staff, who wear many hats. Preparing lunch takes only an hour or two and is so rewarding for the volunteers as well as our children. We have a number of options to suit your busy schedule…


1. Choose a date(s) to prepare (off-site) and deliver healthy lunches to SLP

2. Choose a date(s) to prepare healthy lunches on-site (with food you provide)

3. Choose date(s) to prepare healthy lunches onsite (with food we provide)

Please contact Jessica Malovic for more information or to sign up – by phone 256.3999 or by email:  or sign up by visiting our eventbrite page: