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.
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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.

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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:
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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.
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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

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.