July Newsletter

Dear Families and Friends of the Columbus Learning Cooperative,

Summer has been an amazing time of growth at the CLC so far. We've added several new community partners, developed connections with volunteers who are hoping to pitch classes this fall and welcomed a new enrollment coordinator to our team. 

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This is Kim Porter, M.Ed our new Enrollment Coordinator!

Kim Porter, M.Ed. is the newest member of our staff. She's a native of Cleveland and moved to Columbus with her family around 4 years ago from the Akron area. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media/Communications from Wilberforce University, a Master's in Education, and currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, both from Northcentral University. She is singer, songwriter, musician, and sometimes artist, and a published author.

Kim is anxious to use her experience and learning to support families, help educate our members, and help them grow. Her personal mantra is "never stop learning." If you're interested in enrolling at the CLC for the fall, you can now send an email directly to kim@learning.coop and she can support you through that process.

We spent the first week of summer creating a variety of world cuisines with Melinda Anderson. We explored the food and culture of Greece, France, India, Japan and (as pictured above) Mexico!

We spent the first week of summer creating a variety of world cuisines with Melinda Anderson. We explored the food and culture of Greece, France, India, Japan and (as pictured above) Mexico!

We've been talking with many potential volunteers for the fall! Here are some of classes that community members have expressed interest in leading:


Logos, Ethos and Pathos
Rock Climbing
Art Appreciation
Intro to French
Genealogy
Knitting
Lockpicking
Spanish
and hopefully many more to come...

Goal Setting/Time Management
Printmaking
Chess
Marine biology
Yoga
Architecture
Juggling
Breadmaking
History of Musicals
Holistic Health

Would you like to lead a class, or do you know someone who has a passion to share? Is there something that isn't on this list that your family is interested in learning? You are welcome to reply to this email to let us know what's important to you.

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On our last day of the quarter in June, the members organized a Pokémon party! We dressed up like Pokémon characters, had a Pokéball cake and one of our members learned how to use Photoshop to make her own Pokémon card. 

On our last day of the quarter in June, the members organized a Pokémon party! We dressed up like Pokémon characters, had a Pokéball cake and one of our members learned how to use Photoshop to make her own Pokémon card. 

We also have some new community partners, joining us in our space and sharing resources. One of those is STARS Worldwide. "S.T.A.R.S." (Striving To Achieve Real Success) is an entrepreneurial, educational, experience, through music and the arts. STARS provides an innovative approach to reach, and engage youth between the ages of 11-22 in unique audio, video and graphic arts programming designed to pique their interest. Many participants attend institutes of higher education including the Berklee College of Music, Columbia University and Full Sail while others own their own recording studios and or film studios. Several signed recording contracts with Sony Music, were winners of the Apollo, have appeared on American Idol, the “NewWave” International Competition, and have won countless awards. The program was created musician and producer Chris Powell who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Destiny’s Child (Beyonce), Troop, Teen Dream and Paula Abdul.

Powell has more than 30 years of music experience and was and artist and producer signed with Motown Records. We are happy to have him in our space as every afternoon, the 3rd floor of the CLC is filled with music, singing, and dancing.

Powell has more than 30 years of music experience and was and artist and producer signed with Motown Records. We are happy to have him in our space as every afternoon, the 3rd floor of the CLC is filled with music, singing, and dancing.

You can see more about our partners by visiting the "Partners" page of our website. If you feeling are curious about all that we do here and want to learn more, join us for our Open House on Friday, July 28th from 7-9pm. As our cooperative continues to grow, we are always mindful of our values: Radical Imagination, Community, Trust, Joy and Passion, Inquiry and Quest, Freedom, and Intuitive Action. We'll be welcoming many more new learners through our doors in August and as always, we are thankful for the opportunity to share the journey with you.

Yours in Learning,

Kate Weigel, Multimedia Director (on behalf of)
Devin Fraze, Founder and Director
Kim Porter, Enrollment Coordinator
Marcelle Gilkerson, Mentor
Ulises Cruz, Facilities Manager
Tommy Jones, Teacher
William Dunlap, Teacher
Cary Harris, Teacher

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