August Newsletter

Dear Families and Friends of the Columbus Learning Cooperative,

As the summer draws to a close, our community has once again been drawn back into the halls of the CLC, for another year of learning without school. We had a successful fall pitch day on Friday, and our first classes of the semester started on Monday. We've been getting to know our new members and reconnecting with old friends. Already the days are full and fruiting!

Self-directed learning sometimes means creative multitasking 😂

Self-directed learning sometimes means creative multitasking 😂

Here's a selection of just a few of the classes that made it on the schedule for the first part of the fall: Genealogy, Printmaking, Hiragana, Outdoor Play, Rock Climbing, Art Appreciation, Reading, Odyssey of Us, Coding, Social Justice Theater, Music, Spanish, How to Convince Others (Logos, Ethos, Pathos) and more. We'll have two other pitch days this fall when as old classes end, new ones will sprout up in their place. The CLC is always looking for more subjects and skills to share with our members so if you have an idea for a class, let us know!

We've met with dozens of potential volunteers, families and their children and curious community members over the past few weeks in preparation for the beginning of the year. Often people will ask questions like "what type of students come here?" or "why do they come to you?" It's not a simple answer as there is no one typical type of member at the CLC.

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Cary is teaching a Printmaking class and they've been doing some experiments with spray paint on paper.

Cary is teaching a Printmaking class and they've been doing some experiments with spray paint on paper.

Our members represent a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds. They come from all over Columbus: Hilliard, Franklinton, Westerville, Downtown and more. We are a secular coop- but we have families from across the spectrum from religious to atheist. They represent different economic situations, family structures and experiences with education. Some of our members join us because they were not being challenged enough; some join because school was an endless daily struggle. Our families come from traditional schools, alternative schools, homeschooling and unschooling.

Each learner is a unique individual with a constellation of strengths and talents, challenges and needs, hopes and dreams. The one thing that unites them is that current institutions of education are not serving those strengths, needs and dreams.

Art Appreciation's first class session took us to Glass Axis where we examined Kit Paulson's detailed and delicate sculptures. This spiderweb was crafted out of borosilicate glass!

Art Appreciation's first class session took us to Glass Axis where we examined Kit Paulson's detailed and delicate sculptures. This spiderweb was crafted out of borosilicate glass!

Every day we building a community where the humanity of our youth is acknowledged and their time is valuable. Childhood and young adulthood pass by quickly, and as we begin another year of learning, we are intimately aware of the the growth and changes happening for our members. Teens get taller, voices get deeper and minds get wiser. In the blink of an eye the seasons pass and our members travel farther along down the path of learning, maturity and adulthood. We'll be there watching with care all along the way. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.

Yours in Learning,

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

“If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them” -bell hooks