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.

Kids Create: Science & Music Fun!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

For over 6 years now, USC Masters Level Science students have been coming to St. Lawrence Place to provide an after school science program called Science Quest.  This inquiry-based program incorporates hands-on experiments to get the kids excited about Science!

Communities in Harmony, a musical group of volunteers from USC, visits twice monthly to teach the kids about music and instruments.

The first session of the semester took place back in February.  Here’s a clip of the kids coloring and personalizing their “experiment aprons” and one of the kids and the Communities in Harmony mentors playing with their newly-created music shakers.

This post is part of an on-going series of St. Lawrence Place kid-created and kid-focused content, published every Thursday.

Kids Create: Pizza Party Fun!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

The Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed business fraternity from University of South Carolina brought pizza and fun to the St. Lawrence Place after school program in February.  Thanks for the fun time!

Thank You!

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

Jim Christopher, THC Board Member

Thank…all of you!

Someone gave me a compliment in our board meeting yesterday. What he said is irrelevant, but I can tell you it made me feel good. I called my husband and two friends on the way back to the office! Maybe that’s just human nature… we all have the need to hear we’re doing a good job every now and then.