Taylor University Funding Summer Clubhouses with Foellinger Grant

By Jim Garringer Published: May 15, 2012

Taylor University

Taylor University will host summer clubhouses for Fort Wayne schoolchildren for the next three years thanks to a grant from the Fort Wayne-based Foellinger Foundation.

The grant, $1,763,500, will fund clubhouses at five Fort Wayne churches for an estimated 500 schoolchildren per year for the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, said Sherri Harter, Associate Vice President for Development at Taylor University.

The sites include: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Henry’s Catholic Church and Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.

“We anticipate these clubhouses will impact the lives of hundreds of school-aged children while mentoring them in the areas of academics, arts, relationship and character building and through field trips,” Harter said.

2012 will be the 13th year for Taylor to conduct clubhouse programs funded by Foellinger. Children, grades K-4, will benefit from the program, which will run from mid-June through mid-July. Goals for the summer clubhouse program include:

  • Reinforcement of academic skills
  • Focusing on relationship skills including manners, responsibilities, character and respect
  • Increased social interaction
  • Community awareness and involvement

Organizers say the clubhouse format will allow children to participate in a series of team-based activities, problem solving exercises, field trips (including Science Central, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and state parks), musical programs and family events.

Each site will have a site director and seven licensed teachers, as well as several elementary education college assistants. The programs are a minimum of seven hours a day with healthy meals and snacks provided.