Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), General Literacy for Adults and GED preparation meet 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 3 months – 3 years). Along with the basic curriculum, time is also dedicated to other topics such as parenting, basic health and wellness and community development.
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.
Life Skills classes are another avenue for the community to improve their basic educational and inter-relational skills. This class meets on Fridays from 10:00 – 12:00 noon, followed by lunch together. Topics include parenting, budgeting, health and nutrition, environmental concerns and almost everything in between.
“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.
“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 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.
A basic budgeting class is held from 9 am - 10 am each Tuesday morning. 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 Lady of Mercy.