We were pleased to welcome Habitat for Humanity to our school today. Twenty students and a number of our staff attended an hour long session to learn about home ownership and the services Habitat for Humanity provides.
Students learned about the differences in renting vs. owning a home, how to qualify for a loan and steps to take to purchase a home through Habitat for Humanity.
The presenter was terrific. He made sure everyone could understand what he was saying through an interpreter that accompanied him.
Learning in Style School continues to reach out to community organizations that can help and support our students. Our thanks to all the members of the Habitat organization, especially today’s presenter and interpreter.
After being closed for four days last week due to the cold, our students and staff are back to school. There are a number of activities coming up our students can take advantage of. They include:
Thursday, February 7 – Project for Pride in Living will talk to students about employment opportunities.
Friday, February 8 – Open Computer Lab
Monday, February 11 – Habitat for Humanity will talk about their program for students interested in owning a home.
And there is more to come – we are planning a book fair and will be inviting CAPI to talk to students about employment opportunities. Stay tuned for dates!
In 2019, our students will have more opportunities to build their computer skills. The staff of Learning in Style School is offering a series of open computer labs. The first session will be on January 11. Staff will be available to coach and support. We are excited to start the 2019 year of learning!
The children of our students will have new library books in our lending library when parents return to school – a wonderful Christmas present from Blake School parents and students. Thank you and happy new year!
Our teachers and staff have been hard at work decorating our school for the Christmas holiday. We try to recognize all the holidays our students celebrate. Doing so helps us learn about and celebrate each others’ cultures and traditions.
Our students say it best:
A number of our volunteers are making sure the children of our students have hats and mittens for the winter. Mom and dad students can pick up hand knit hats and mittens as they come in to the school.
Minnesota winters are harsh. These hats and mittens keep little heads and hands warm. We are grateful to our warm hearted and very skilled knitters!
On October 26th representatives from Isuroon will be talking to our students about the services they provide.
Isuroon is a grassroots organization working for the health and connectedness of Somali women and girls so they and their families can thrive in Minnesota and globally. With us, women and girls build their own health and wellness, economic self-sufficiency, community engagement and leadership.
We are grateful to the many organizations that help us help our students.
All are welcome (and yes there will be daycare).
Our students come from more than 90 countries.
More than 4800 students have come through our doors to learn English.
More than 450 students are taught at Learning in Style every year.
We are proud of our students and all they have achieved!
A big shout out to the students from Holy Angels School! Last spring they donated backpacks for our students and supplies for our Children’s Room.
Each backpack was filled with school supplies: notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers AND a very special note wishing each student a successful school year.
Our students are so grateful. The staff at Learning in Style is so grateful.
The following is from Journeys: A Celebration of the Lives of Refugees & Immigrants. Two seniors from The Blake School interviewed twelve immigrants and refugees through Leaming In Style School.
“Each interview has three components: a story, a picture and a piece of art. We wanted to try to keep the stories as authentic as we could, so they are essentially edited transcriptions of our interviews. Each person has their own voice, opinions, and journey and we hope you see that shine through in our writing. Additionally, you’ll find a photograph in each interview. Not all wanted their face pictured, but each photo captures a part of each person. Lastly, you’ll find a piece of watercolor artwork. Each piece of art is based on a small snippet of the persons story. They usually represent a favorite activity, place or something important or meaningful. You’ll be able to pull out why we chose each subject in the stories.”
When I was six years old, I fled from Somalia with my family and went to Ethiopia. I don’t remember much about Somalia but I know there were lots of problems. There was so much killing and death. I got married in Ethiopia to my husband who is also from Somalia. In Ethiopia, we had six kids together. Life was hard there. I had no job, there was very little water, and barely enough food.
In 2012, we moved to Utah. We were only in Utah for six months. Utah was also hard because I didn’t have many people there who could help me. I also knew no English and finding work was difficult. Even still, I liked it there. I moved to Minneapolis on July 17, 2013. In Minnesota life is good and easy. I like it here. I found a job at a daycare which is perfect because I love working with children. I also am able to learn English at Learning in Style and am now on level two. I’ve been learning English for five years; it’s very hard but I’m getting there. My husband used to go to school at Leaming in Style as well and now he works in a daycare with me. I want to continue to learn English because I like writing and reading. I love stories. I read a lot and sometimes I even write my own.
In the future, I hope my kids will finish middle school and high school and college. My youngest is nine years old and my oldest is nineteen. My daughter, who’s the oldest, wants to be a doctor, and I hope so much that her dream will come true. I want my second-oldest, my son, to be an engineer. But overall, I just want my kids to just be happy. Only my two oldest kids remember Ethiopia, they were eleven and nine when we left. But they like it here very much. All of my kids like school here and speak English so well — they speak English too much! My daughter is graduating from high school this year and she will be going to a university in Minnesota next fall. I’m very proud of her.
Learning in Style is located in the Whittier neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis. We are proud members of the Whittier Alliance , a group of businesses and non -profits that reside in the neighborhood and work together for the neighborhood’s common good. This coming Saturday, September 15 is “Eat On The Street” day. Please join us for great food, beautiful art, music and fun. We will be there!
School starts Tuesday, September 4 and to get ready, thirty teachers, staff and volunteers attended a morning of training to be certified on the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASA). We are looking forward to registering new students and welcoming back former students the first week of school.
We are currently in need of volunteers who are full of youthful energy, a desire to act silly, and a love for children!
While parents are in the classroom learning English we offer child care in our Children’s Room. The Children’s Room is open to young ones who have yet to enter pre-school. We provide exercise time, story time, and snack time. The children provide laughter, energy, and a capacity to learn!
We are super flexible with days and times – you can volunteer for as much as a day a week or as little as an hour of week. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at:
612-870-1815 or email us at: email@example.com
We are excited to offer summer school for the first time!
School will be in session Monday through Thursday starting July 9 and ending August 2
Three classes will be taught: ABC Refresh, Conversational English and Preparation for Citizenship
Each class will be an hour long.
Students can choose to attend the 9;30 or 10:30 class or take two different classes, one at 9:30 and the other at 10:30