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Taylor, Foellinger Partnership Continues Summer Clubhouse Program

  • Published: Apr 20, 2015 11:00AM

Taylor University has received a $2.237 million grant from Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Foellinger Foundation, which it will use to host Summer Clubhouses for Fort Wayne schoolchildren for the next three years.

The grant is the latest development in a long relationship between Taylor and Foellinger. By invitation from the Foundation, Taylor began conducting the Summer Clubhouse Program 15 years ago after receiving the first grant. Children, grades K-4, will benefit from the program, which will run from mid-June through mid-July.

Clubhouse sites include: Horizon on Broadway School, St. John the Baptist School, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Most Precious Blood School, and St. Therese School.

“Taylor University is extremely grateful to the Foellinger Foundation for their commitment and funding of this important venture,” said Sherri Harter, Executive Director for Development at Taylor University. “For the past 15 years, these Summer Clubhouse settings have been able to impact the lives of hundreds of Fort Wayne schoolchildren, and we look forward to continuing this good work.”

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, seven licensed teachers, and several elementary education college assistants. The programs are a minimum of seven hours a day with healthy meals and snacks provided.