Kids Create: Wax Resist Art

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

A project led by Columbia Museum of Art outreach staff earlier this year at St. Lawrence Place was a Wax Resistance exercise. The project included china markers and helped the children use particular developmental art skills that included: tracing, cutting, drawing of shapes and water color.


Help Wanted: Spanish Tutor

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

Help Wanted

Spanish tutor needed several hours a week through end of May. Applicant should be fluent in Spanish and willing to work with a teenager. Schedule flexible during after-school hours. No pay. If interested, contact St. Lawrence Place at 256.3999.


I took French and Latin in high school. My children are taking Spanish in school. I listen to them as they talk to each other in a language I don’t understand. I have a dear friend who has family in Puerto Rico. I’ve picked u p a few words from her – but they’re mostly the type of words you use to discipline your children (loudly, as our boys rough house in the yard!). I’m no help when they bring home projects or homework, and I can’t call out words as they prepare for tests.  My oldest son’s Spanish teacher called just to say how well he was doing…and I told her he must get it from his father!

So, when I got the email yesterday saying one of our St. Lawrence Place teens needed a Spanish tutor I felt absolutely helpless. The feeling of stepping off the train in Paris washed over me again, and I began to search for someone- anyone – who could speak the language. But wait…it’s not only someone who can speak the language, it’s someone who is willing to sit down with a teenager and spend time helping him, caring about him, when they could be home with their own family. They have to have knowledge of Spanish AND a have a big heart.

Not your typical help-wanted advertisement!

This person could make the difference between a summer of camp or a summer of school: a difference between a soaring self confidence level and the feeling of failure. This person could let this child know someone cares, and teach them some Spanish while they’re at it.

Are you willing to apply?

Kids Create: GAK! (videos)

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Watch this brief video of kids in our after school program making homemade GAK! with the guidance of our wonderful Science Quest volunteers from USC:

The Importance of Cultural Experiences for Homeless Youth

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

SLP kids at Columbia Museum of Art

The arts should be a part of every child’s life–and, therefore, part of every homeless child’s life as well. But homeless and poor parents, who are struggling with the demands of their everyday lives, are hard-pressed to provide culturally-enriching activities for their children. And yet, these children need such experiences as much as other children do to complete their education.

What a Home Means to Me

Posted by: Jessica Malovic

kids at teaHome

These poems were written by the children of St. Lawrence Place. While they are different in many ways- they have at least two things in common: they have lost a home and they have found another here.  Below is a sample of the poetry the children created. READ MORE

2013 Angel’s Tea – HUGE Success!

Posted by: Jessica Malovic

teaWhat could have been a horrible situation (delayed set up of the auction and seating tables due to a funeral in Saterlee Hall on Thursday) brought together the Board, SLP staff, volunteers, friends and family to make this Angel’s Tea the largest to date. READ MORE