CLC’s Butterfly Garden Has New Life

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The butterfly garden is exploding with life at Community Learning Center!  Below are just a few pictures we took of the little (and not so little) guys.

Here are some fun facts about butterflies:

  • Eastern monarchs overwinter in Central Mexico
  • Females lay between 300 and 500 eggs.
  • It takes about two weeks for a monarch to hatch from its cocoon to complete its transformation to a butterfly!
  • Monarch butterflies that hatch in the late summer or early fall head for warmer weather.  Ours head for Central Mexico!
  • Monarch butterflies will drink nectar from flowers, including milkweed.
  • Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed.
  • The caterpillars eat for about 2 weeks before turning into a cocoon!
  • The generation of monarchs that migrate live for several months so that they can make the journey back.
  • There are four generations of monarchs born each year.
  • They live for about 6 to 8 months.
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G.E.D. Math Tutoring Success

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“My name is A.R. and I am a 38-year-old male. I came to Sioux (CLC tutor) for help in math a few months ago because I was trying to obtain my G.E.D. I am so happy because I got my G.E.D. and I have to give a lot of the credit to Sioux for helping me and showing me the best way to solve and look at math problems. I would recommend anyone to her. Thank you Sioux.” -A.R. (G.E.D. student) *A.R. pictured with his math tutor Sioux

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Innisbrook Golf Tournament a Huge Success!

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On November 2nd, we hosted our 7th annual Innisbrook Golf Tournament fundraiser. We reached HIGHEST EVER number of golfers (88 this year!) and funds made on this event totaled over $40,000!

Special thanks to the amazing Gary and Peggy Patrick and Ferdi Haag! They executed a wonderful event to benefit our students. Gary and Ferdi coordinated the golf tournament, including recruiting donors and players, working with Innisbrook, managing the golf teams and making sure every detail was attended to. Peggy handled the awards, go-home bags, lunch, tee signs and many other details that made the event spectacular!

Gary Patrick and Ferdi Haag of Hotel Internet Services PostcardMania’s Joy Gendusa and her Executive Assistant Teresa Boettner, and Coni Haag of HammerHaag Steel recruited all of the sponsors and really made this event a fundraising success! Thank you for all of your hard work – we really appreciate you! Shout out to Consumer Energy Solutions’ Owner Pat Clouden and his amazing executives, Kathy Wach and Lynn Posyton. Also, thanks to Jeannine Hall (also of CES) for volunteering to photograph the course, golfers, luncheon and raffle. CES was an event sponsor and Kathy, Lynn and Jeannine volunteered at the event. Kathy and Lynn helped coordinate donations of snacks and coffee and helped promote the event and raffle.

A big thank you to Marnie Trainor for your help getting extra raffle prizes donated!

We are thankful for all of the sponsors, volunteers and event participants. Each and every one of you contributed in a big way. Community Learning Center has serviced 211 local children in our tutoring and homework help programs so far in 2019! This is thanks to the love and support of ALL OF YOU!

This fundraiser makes it possible for CLC to offer reduced-cost math tutoring, reading tutoring, writing tutoring, homework help and SAT/ACT test prep. Call us at (727) 441-4444 for more information or to schedule a Free Reading or Math Assessment.

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Middle School Student Success!

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“When I first came to Community Learning Center, I didn’t know how to read and I didn’t know how to do math. Now, I know how to do division! Now, I can read fluently! Now, I understand a lot more! When I first came to CLC, I couldn’t speak very much English. Sharon (CLC tutor) did English as a Second Language tutoring with me and now I know how to speak English really well. I talk a lot better!” –A. (6th grade student)

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Math Tutoring a Success!

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“I’ve used the Community Learning Center’s tutoring program for my daughter who had been struggling with certain subjects in school. She was able to get personalized attention in math and science where she was having the hardest time. The tutor (Debbie) is very patient and really made sure my daughter got the concepts of what she was studying and could use the information. My daughter’s grades went from D’s and C’s to A’s and B’s. She was much happier and looked forward to her tutoring each week. CLC was also flexible and allowed me to use a Saturday morning slot for tutoring since I couldn’t fit it into my schedule during the week.”

“This is a really great place whose focus is on improving education so kids really understand and can apply what they’ve learned, which I often find is sorely lacking in regular schooling.” –G.L. (mother of 5th grade student)

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Celebrating World Chocolate Day on July 7th

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Community Learning Center will be celebrating World Chocolate Day by hosting Chocolate on Tap, a local chocolate maker who is providing free samples of chocolate.

Additionally, Java Planet will be providing samples of coffee to go with the chocolate.

There is no charge for this event and you are welcome to drop by anytime between 1 and 3 pm. Chocolate will be for sale.

Jen NickersonCelebrating World Chocolate Day on July 7th
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Summer Camp is Off to a Great Start with Art Week!

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Summer Camp has officially started with Art Week.  Over the past few days the CLC Campers did many art projects, including going to Art from the Heart Cafe and painting on ceramics for Father’s Day gifts.

The students also made their own t-shirts, sun catchers and clay creations!  

In addition to all of this, they also went to the local swimming pool and had a blast!  (Swimming is a weekly occurrence during Summer Camp!)

Next week is Games Week!  The CLC Campers will be going bowling, miniature golfing and playing a variety of games at the center.

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Konica Minolta Rocks!

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Huge shout out to Konica Minolta for donating a copier to Community Learning Center! Their generous donation will allow us to serve even more students in the local community!

Our old printer was on its last leg and Konica Minolta came to the rescue!

Not only do we use our printer for student materials, but we also use the printer to make promotional materials so that we can reach even more students that need our free and low-cost education services in the local community.

Special thanks to Joy Gendusa, CEO and founder of Postcard Mania for helping to make this all possible!


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