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Educational Programs

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Child Learning Center

Literacy Classes for Families

Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), General Literacy for Adults meets Monday through Thursdays from 9:00 – 12:00 noon throughout the school year. While adults are in class their children are learning new developmental skills in the Child Learning Program (ages 18 months – 4 years). Along with the basic curriculum, time is also dedicated to other topics such as parenting, basic health and wellness and community development.

GED Preparation Classes

Our GED preparation program helps adult learners (22 and older) improve in math, reading and writing skills to prepare them for the GED examination. A child development program is available during classes for the children of participants who are 18 months or older. Regular attendance is required. For additional information call 559-4109 or email pamela_kusmider@charleston.k12.sc.us.

GED preparation classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Classes start in September, to secure your spot, please contact our main office at 559-4109.

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL)

ESL classes are also offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm with a curriculum designed to meet a variety of skill levels. Child care is provided for adults who need this service in order to attend the classes. Classes begin in September. To register for fall classes please call at 559-4109 or email katie.young@olmoutreach.org in August.

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Learning English can be challenging

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week class on money developed by financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Participants view a series of videos on budgeting, getting out of debt and planning for the future. A discussion lead by our social worker Cloe Garrison will be follow each video presentation. Through a partnership the Dave Ramsey organization, OLM Outreach is able to offer the class and materials at a discounted rate. Classes are offered periodically, please call Cloe Garrison at 559-4109 or email cloe.garrison@olmoutreach.com.

Summer Day Camp Program

Each summer, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach holds a summer day camp. This year we are proud to offer a Health and Wellness Day Camp. The day camp is for rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each day campers will be engaged in a variety of activities including art projects, reading, math, nutrition education and physical education. We are excited to beat the summer heat while learning about keeping our minds and bodies fit! The camp is provided free to eligible families and will also include breakfast and lunch.

Camp Dates: July 8th-Aug 1st

2014 Registration: Full

We still need still Summer Camp Volunteers for the duration of the camp. Volunteers can help one of more days but we ask that they commit to a minimum of a full camp day from 9am to 1pm.
Volunteer Training will be held July 1st 10-12:30.

“Yes, I Can” After School Program

“Yes, I Can” after school program meets Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm during the school year and is designed to assist elementary school age children with their homework and basic academic skills. Bus transportation is generally available from Angel Oak School to Our Lady of Mercy and parents are responsible for picking up their children each day at the end of the session. “Yes, I Can” summer enrichment program is generally held in July for elementary students.

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Learning is fun!

“Quilting Lives”

“Quilting Lives” community gathering for sewing and quilting sessions meets every Thursday from 9:30 – 12:00 noon. Participants gather to work on individual and group projects with materials and sewing machines donated through Our Lady of Mercy. Sharing of ideas and skills knits this group together!

Parenting Class

Parenting classes are offered twice a month (September - May) on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 11 am - 12 noon. This program helps parents identify their styles of parenting, encourages parental involvement in child's education, and empowers parent to become more involved in their community.

Budgeting Class

A basic budgeting class is held from 9 am - 10:30 am each Friday morning at our John Island Campus and 10 am - 11 am each Friday at the Neighborhood House. This class is designed to give a general overview of money management skills and money saving strategies, and is required for anyone requesting financial assistance through our organization.

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters brings together culinary and nutrition experts to lead hands-on courses on how to prepare healthy, affordable, delicious meals. We are offering adults a 6-week course covering menu planning, budgeting, cooking methods, knife safety, and health benefits. Participants cook in every class and go home with a bag of food after each class. Those who attend at least four of the six classes will be eligible for a gift upon graduation.

To be added to a future class contact Zach Huey at Zachary.huey@olmoutreach.org or 843-559-4109.