FOR A ST. MARK FAMILY THIS WINTER
for parents impacted by coronavirus.
St. Mark Youth Enrichment
Learning today, leading tomorrow.
St. Mark Youth Enrichment provides healthy and enriching before and after school and summer programs.
For 30 years, we have created engaging environments for children in the Dubuque area.
Partnering with Audubon, Lincoln and Marshall Elementary Schools,
as well as Dyersville, Peosta and Seton Catholic Elementary Schools
- July 8, 2021
Local agency again aims to fill school bags and deliver ‘peace of mind’to parents in need. With its Dubuque summer program underway, St. Mark Youth Enrichment already has the first day of school on the mind. The organization is preparing for its annual school supply effort to fill school bags with new supplies for students at schools from East Dubuque to Western Dubuque. https://youtu.be/kFLy_BYIWes At a past volunteer stuffing event, Beth McGorry, Director of Donor Relations ask some of our friends what their favorite school supplies are. Fill One School Bag for Just $40 Last year, local community members, volunteers, and businesses helped support approximately 3,500 students. This year, St. Mark is again planning for higher numbers of need as local families continue to recover from lost hours, struggling businesses, and layoffs during the past year. “While the world is starting to return to normal, many of our parents are still struggling,” says Beth McGorry, director of donor relations. “This effort is one of my favorite times of year because it means that our community can help lift a huge weight off of these parents and kids longing for their own sense of normal, that ability to walk in on the first day of school with new school supplies like their peers.” These efforts will impact more than 30 area elementary, middle, and high schools.The organization is partnering with local businesses like Hartig Drug Stores, Steve’s Ace Hardware, Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto , and others to get supplies at the best value and to make donations go further. “Because of this support, we’re able to fill the bag of one of these students for as little as $40,” adds McGorry. “Just $40 gets a child all the crayons, pencils, notebooks, and more they need for the day. Parents have enough to worry about today, school supplies shouldn’t be one of them. That’s the peace of mind we’re hoping to deliver.” To donate, volunteer, learn more, or start a drive at your business visit www.stmarkyouthenrichment.org, email email@example.com or call 563-582-6211 ext. 102. If you’re in need of school supplies, please reach out to your school’s counselor to be added to the supply list. St. Mark Youth Enrichment (formerly St. Mark Community Center) is a non-profit organization that has served the Dubuque Community for 30 years. St. Mark provides before and after school programming in four of the Title 1 elementary schools in the Dubuque Community School District as well as programs in Dyersville and Peosta. To learn more, visit www.stmarkyouthenrichment.org.
- March 1, 2021
Public Registration Now Open for St. Mark Heroes Summer Academy: Reading Colors Your World St. Mark Youth Enrichment is excited to be working with community partners to bring summer learning opportunities to elementary-aged students in Western Dubuque and Dubuque through the St. Mark Heroes Summer Academy. Public registration is now open and spots are limited. The summer program will be offered for five weeks, beginning June 21 through July 23 with no program on July 5 (Monday). Classes will be held from morning through approximately noon at sites in Dyersville and Dubuque. Students entering grades K-5th in the Fall of 2021 are eligible. The cost for all five weeks of these programs is $375 with limited scholarship opportunities available for families in need. The theme this year is Reading Colors Your World, aligning with the National Collaborative Summer Library Programs. The weekly themes incorporate community service, social and emotional well-being, and health and wellness into St. Mark’s Literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Music) curriculum. The Dubuque program includes breakfast and lunch provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Students will also receive a weekly book and a t-shirt to keep by the end of the program. Based on what has been learned about COVID-19 in the past year, St. Mark plans to stay in-person for the full five weeks of the summer program. If closure is dictated by state and/or local public health officials, St. Mark will transition to a virtual model until it is deemed safe. If a full transition to a virtual model becomes necessary due to COVID-19, families will be reimbursed for the weeks of in-person program missed. New This Year: Project STEAMNew this year in Dubuque is Project STEAM. Open to 3rd through 5th-grade students in Dubuque. This fun mission will have a stronger focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)–and will have a specialized curriculum and enrichment to dive deeper into the five components of STEAM. Registration for Project STEAM is currently full, however interested applicants may apply for traditional Heroes Summer Academy and request to be added to the waitlist. Full-Day Options: DubuqueFull-day options may be available in Dubuque through our community partners, the Boys & Girls Club & Leisure Services. These services are subject to change based on provider availability. “This program brings so many smiles and joy to our kids and all of us at St. Mark,” said Executive Director Dawn Cogan. “Together, we engage in days filled with fun, learning, friendship, and adventure.” To register or learn more, visit www.stmarkyouthenrichment.org or call: Dubuque Contact: Taylor Noel at 563-258-2110 or firstname.lastname@example.orgDyersville Contact: Ron Paar at 563-543-5216 or email@example.com # # # St. Mark Youth Enrichment (formerly St. Mark Community Center) is a non-profit organization that has served the Dubuque Community for 30 years. St. Mark provides before and after school programming in four of the Title 1 elementary schools in the Dubuque Community School District as well as programs in Dyersville and Peosta. To learn more, visit https://www.stmarkyouthenrichment.org.
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Hi friends, it's Beth here from St Mark, and It's really eerie. It's really quiet. It makes me think of what, what could come in the summer, right?
We know that today our kids are being well taken care of. Taken care of by moms and dads who are working and being teachers. The school district and so many beautiful partners are feeding our kids beautifully. I've seen some of those meals (absolutely gorgeous) and we at St. Mark are really working hard to make sure that they're taken care of.
Here at St. Mark we are working on social-emotional packs to send out to our families and give them the opportunity to work on some of those things that are really the big questions for kids. You know, they have big feelings and this is nerve-wracking for them. They don't know. They've lost their school families. They've lost their best friends.
And some of them don't have the technology to be able to FaceTime their best friend, to shoot hoops with their best friend. And when we get to see them—when they come back to us, we're going to have to do a lot of work. And we're going to have to do some retraining. We're going to have to do some re-socialization. We’re going to need to be there to work through big questions like, “how do you be a good friend today, and how do you take care of yourself and work through your emotions?”
There's also going to be a huge educational lag. We know that. We know that kids were already struggling with summer slack. Let’s think about these kids. There's a potential that from March until August—no school. And here at St. Mark with our summer program, we're going to be able to tackle some of those issues and get kids as ready as we can for that first day of school and giving them opportunities.
I know that you as a member of this St. Mark family have been such beautiful supporters of us, and these kids need to know that that's going to continue.
We're going to have such a big need in the coming days. With the uncertainty of what could happen today or tomorrow, there are going to be more families than we thought who will need summer scholarships this year. We were planning for 100, and we know that this number will be drastically higher. Parents have been laid off, hours drastically cut. They need to know they’ll be taken care of.
Our staff is preparing to work with kids in trauma, because we know that this isolation is traumatic for kids. We're hoping that you support us and trust us to take care of these amazing, amazing youngsters and give them the opportunity to be in this safe space. They need your help to do that more than ever. You are their community. You’re their safety. You're their safe spot.
Our donors who have really been there for us are you. People like you have been making this happen for 30 years. And we want to make sure that we get the chance to take care of these kids this summer. Know very well that we are being beautiful stewards of your donations—taking care of our kids. We are prepared as an administrative team to come in and take care of these kids if and when we go back to school as well as taking care of them during the summer as much as we can.
This is, this is what we gear up for. This is what's in our hearts. I know that you are behind us in this, and I just need you to know that we're going to need you, they’re going to need you.
I know it's so much to ask right now, but please support these kids by clicking below or giving me a call at 563-590-2806 today and giving your best gift.
Please help us be prepared for what’s to come and to be here this summer, to take care of these kids and prepare them for the first day of school. Have a beautiful day.
With love and big air hugs,
P.S. If you or someone you care for is struggling right now or just needs someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to reach out for support, friendship, or a listening ear. We're all apart together. You can reach me at 563-590-2806 or bmcgorry@stmarkyouthenrichment.
The mission of St. Mark Youth Enrichment is to provide innovative programs and services that cultivate the educational and social-emotional growth of youth and families.
Our vision is to enrich the life of every child.