LEARN plans Monroeville summer program, meals

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LEARN Resource Center will operate a part-day summer program and free lunch program in Monroeville this summer.

The program will run June 5-July 28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, Monday-Friday, at the Monroeville Community Park. The program is for children who will be in grades K-6 this fall. Lunch will be served from noon-1 p.m. every day, and is available to all children ages 1-18.

The Monroeville Park Board helped to make this program possible by providing LEARN with access to the picnic shelter. Also, the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce provided a generous donation, LEARN said in a statement. Because of access to the picnic shelter, LEARN will be able to operate this program rain or shine all summer long. Cornerstone Youth Center will also get involved by providing a van to take junior and senior high schoolers to their summer program for afternoon activities and allowing access to their computer lab.

LEARN Resource Center currently operates an after-school program at Heritage Elementary School. Because of the program at Heritage, Executive Director Sharon Wilson realized that children in Monroeville would greatly benefit from a summer program and free lunch program.

“I am very excited to see our summer program expanding to Monroeville,” said Wilson, a Heritage High School graduate. “Growing up in a rural area, there wasn’t any kind of program close by to participate in as a kid. Having a summer program in Monroeville will bring greater access for fun summer activities for elementary age children.”

Even though the Monroeville Summer Program is free, registration is required. Those interested should go to www.learnresourcecenter.org. The lunch program does not require registration; children can simply show up at noon for lunch.

LEARN Resource Center is a grass-roots nonprofit in New Haven serving the community of East Allen County for over 50 years. It operates two before-school programs and three after-school programs for kids in grades K-6 at New Haven Primary, New Haven Intermediate and Heritage Elementary. The aim of the programs is to offer a place for kids to go while their parents are still at work where they can grow mentally, socially and physically. For more information, or to make a donation, go to www.learnresourcecenter.org.

The agency’s acronym stands for Leadership, Education, Accessibility, Resilience and Nurturing.