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Aug 09 2017

Fall Educational Offerings Open For Registration

By Ryan Vrba for The Island Connection

Participants in the OLMCO afterschool programs (l-r): Lia G., Savannah S., Deonte L.

Participants in the OLMCO after school programs (l-r): Lia G., Savannah S., Deonte L. (Photo by Maria Gurovich)

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach (OLMCO) is wrapping up another summer and preparing for a fall semester full of educational offerings for residents of James, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands. This summer they once again offered the Yes I Can! Summer Camp for children rising into grades 2-5.

Throughout this 5 week Monday-Friday camp, 25 campers participated in regular reading, art, and math activities and experienced special activities that included a trip to the ocean, educational presentation on birds and reptiles, a theatre performance, yoga, a disabilities awareness presentation, a field trip to local wetlands, hands-on cooking education, and a musical performance. As it has in years past, this program received stellar reviews and will be offered to the community again next year.

Although it is hard to say goodbye to summer, OLMCO is very excited about the upcoming fall educational offerings.

For 28 years, the organization has offered educational programming and current programs such as the after school program and GED have been offered for over 26 years.

This fall educational offerings will include programs such as GED, ESL (English as a Second Language), Yes I Can! After School Program, Workforce Development, and the Children’s Learning Center (educational daycare for children of parents participating in other education programs). These programs assist participants in pursuing their high school diploma, learning the English language, pursuing employment and learning about the employment search process, reinforcing topics learned during the school year, and developing the foundation for learning in young children.

They are provided free of charge (some ask for a small, voluntary donation between $10-$20) by the organization and utilize best practices, evidence based curricula, and progress measurements to ensure participants are successful in achieving their educational goals.

In addition to education programming, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach also offers wellness programming such as yoga and Walk With Ease and general outreach services such as food, clothing, and budgeting classes – all in support of their mission to encourage self-worth and self-sufficiency by being an anchor in the community providing opportunities for people to change their lives. Programs fill up fast so contact Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach at 843.559.4109 or olmoutreach.org to learn more about how to get involved as a participant, a volunteer or general supporter.

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