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TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes

 


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics

with

Cindy Eberts

Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Layette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}

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Ray Ewry Parkway – Naming Ceremony

1906-olympian-ralph-ewry-photo-1LUM encourages you to attend the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Naming Ceremony for the new US 231 in honor of the legendary US Olympian, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road will officially be known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.


The details of the INDOT Naming Ceremony are as follows:

  • Date: THIS Friday, August 29
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: RPAC Theatre, Lafayette Jefferson High School
  • Parking: park in the East Lot and enter through the South Portico

Ray Ewry is special to LUM and is the namesake of the LUM Youth Center in downtown Lafayette. As friends of LUM, we’d love to see you there. Tom Carson is expected to be in attendance to represent the family of Ray Ewry.


For more information on the life and accomplishments of Ray Ewry, click HERE.



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Summer Program Enhances Education


Summer 2014



Joe Micon

Joe Micon

Dear Friend,

Although it has been 17 years, I remember our family’s summer vacation to Yellowstone National Park as if it were yesterday!  The geysers, the waterfalls, the bubbling painted pools, the grand lodge, the bison and bears…It all made a lasting impression on us.  There was even a moose that blocked the road in front of our car! I also remember going to the library before our trip so Katie and Jonathan could choose their vacation reading – Shel Silverstein for 7-year-old Katie and Dr. Seuss for 3-year-old Jonathan. I remember laptop computers in the back seat as we were driving through Nebraska. Reader Rabbit and Math Blaster were the educational programs of choice.

Jon & Katie colorJo and I cherish each memory of our trip, but we also understand how fortunate our family was to enjoy a vacation like that. And how fortunate our children were to grow up in a home where learning was so highly valued.

I also know that far too many of the children served here at the Lafayette Urban Ministry will never experience the same kinds of summer vacations as my children.  A trip to a place like Yellowstone – and all the growth and learning that surrounds it – will probably never be in the cards for them.

Educational research shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap separating low-income children from their more financially stable peers can be traced to differential summer learning opportunities.

Test scores show that all students’ learning improves at similar rates during the school year, but during the summer, low-income children plateau or lose ground, while their peers from better off homes actually advance their learning.  By the end of grade school, children from disadvantaged households, on average, score a full two years behind on their standardized tests.


That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry is so adamant about continuing our Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.


2012-08-16 LUM 5thQuarter 031 (2)The program is housed at LUM’s Ray Ewry Youth Program Center on 4th Street in Lafayette. We are in session for 10 weeks during the summer months when school is in recess. Fifth Quarter employs fun learning techniques to boost our students’ proficiency in reading, math, science and social studies. Our goal is for each child to be better-prepared to return to school in August.

Each morning, Fifth Quarter begins with a rally program, nutritious snacks, recreational reading and educational games on laptop computers.  Then it is on to our educational pods in math, science and social studies.

Fifth Quarter isn’t summer school.  Often our sessions are held at Centennial Park or under a nearby tree. The learning is hands-on with plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement offered by LUM’s Fifth Quarter teachers. There are frequent field trips to Purdue, the public library and other locations where the children have fun and experience new things.

And Fifth Quarter allows children’s parents to attend their day jobs knowing their children are safe and secure in an academically enriched environment.  While at LUM, the children hear positive comments about the importance of learning. They meet new friends, experience strong role models, grow in self-esteem and gain confidence in their abilities.


I hope you will join me in financially supporting LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.


2013-06-25 5th quarter head shots 3 001 (2)It will cost $27,000 to operate Fifth Quarter during our current ten-week, 2014 summer session.  Included in this budget are the costs of the program’s four educators, curriculum, supplies, snacks, books and transportation.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help LUM to make sure our Fifth Quarter Kids are better-equipped to succeed in school this fall and better-prepared to overcome the challenges that life will certainly place before them after that. Whether you are making plans for your own vacation this summer, or perhaps remembering the growth and wonder experienced by a young person close to you during summer vacations past, please join me in supporting the important work of LUM’s Fifth Quarter Program.

On behalf of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Class of 2014, please accept my sincere thanks for your special friendship and generous support.


Sincerely,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Please, won’t you support the children who learn and grow through LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Program? Send your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, today. Give online at www.lumserve.org.



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Concerning a Fair Wage


June 2014



Joe Micon

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Concerning a Fair Wage by Joe Micon, LUM executive director


It is our practice at LUM’s homeless shelter to give admission preferences to guests who have jobs. Often, the work schedules of those individuals makes it difficult for them to pick up an entrance pass or check-in during the appointed times – so we bend the rules for them a bit. We think work is a good thing and try not to place unintended barriers in the way of our guest’s employment.

We keep pretty close tabs on who of our guests are employed and who are not. So imagine my surprise to observe recently that more than one-third of LUM’s homeless guests are employed at least part-time. This wasn’t just a one day snapshot. A full one-third of our guests are employed now on any given day of the year. If this is the case at LUM’s shelter, I would suspect other shelters around our state and nation are also serving large percentages of the employed homeless.

This is just the latest extension of what is now all too common and routine at LUM. We have become a ministry that serves primarily those who work – because what they are paid isn’t nearly enough to meet their basic needs.

  • LUM provides subsidized after school and summer child care for children of working parents.
  • LUM, with our partner St. John’s Episcopal Church, provides food for many, many individuals who work but can’t afford to feed themselves and their families.
  • LUM provides emergency financial aid for rent and utility assistance to primarily working clients through our Good Samaritan Fund.
  • LUM’s Tax Assistance Program served just under 2,000 workers this year.
  • And now, a growing percentage of those in our homeless shelter are there because their jobs don’t pay enough to cover the cost of their own housing.

So here are the questions I wrestle with a lot these days…..

  • If the living wage for a single parent and two children in Lafayette (according to a 2014 MIT study) is $22.79, is it fair and just that our minimum wage remains at $7.25?
  • Wouldn’t it be more dignified for workers to earn a fair wage for their work and rely less on tax funded public assistance programs like food stamps and rent subsidies (or on the generosity of places like LUM, for that matter)?
  • Is it fair for taxpayers to continue to subsidize the profits of employers who aren’t paying their employees enough to get by?
  • Wouldn’t our entire economy be stronger, and businesses fair better, if we had a healthy middle class that had greater ability to purchase goods and services?

Now that the numbers of jobs in our community and beyond are on the climb, it seems as if we must begin the more difficult discussions of how to pay our employees a wage that allows them to live, learn and grow to their fullest God-given potential. There seems to be something inherently wrong when even hard work doesn’t give you a quick ticket out of a homeless shelter.


What do you think?



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Ray Ewry — Greatest Jumper in Olympic History


October 14, 1873 (Lafayette, Indiana) – September 29, 1937 (New York, New York)


Ray Ewry Olympics 1908Raymond Clarence Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 14, 1873. Orphaned at the age of 5, Ewry seemed destined to spend his entire life in the tiny town. Confined to a wheelchair by polio when he was 7, Ewry exercised his legs until he could walk, and then increased their strength through his jumping regimen.

In 1890, he entered Purdue University, where he played football and captained the track team. Ewry  led the Purdue team to its first national track title ever and personally broke world records in standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump (also known as the ‘hop, step and jump’). He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue in civil and mechanical engineering and taught engineering for a bit in the late 1890’s. He then moved to New Jersey in 1899 and became a member of the New York Athletic Club.


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Ray Ewry accumulated his record total of 10 gold medals in four Olympiads without losing any of his competitions. No other Olympic athlete earned more gold medals than Ray Ewry until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. At his first Olympics, held in Paris (1900), Ewry won gold medals in all three standing jumps; and all three finals were held on the same day (July 16). At the 1904 Summer Olympics, Ewry successfully defended all three of his titles.  He won three gold medals apiece in 1900 and 1904 and two each in 1906 and 1908.


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All of his gold medals came in events no longer contested — the standing long jump, standing high jump and standing triple jump. Nicknamed “The Human Frog” for his incredible leaping ability Ewry was a 15-time national champion in the standing events from 1898 to 1910. He undoubtedly would have earned more titles if the standing jumps had not been dropped from the AAU program for a six-year period. Ewry’s world record in the standing long jump (3.48 meters or 11 feet 5 inches) was still standing when the event was discontinued internationally in the 1930’s.

After his Olympic career, Ewry helped design boilers for US naval vessels during WWI and served as lead engineer in the building ofray-ewry the aqueduct that still brings water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City. A hydraulics engineer by profession, he competed until he was almost 40; at age 39, he made a bid for the 1912 Olympic team but fell short. Ray Ewry is known by sports writers and historians as the greatest jumper in Olympic history – a remarkable accomplishment for a kid who wasn’t expected to walk. Ray Ewry died in New York City on September 29, 1937.

Ewry was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors dedicated and named the new youth program center after Ray Ewry. In July 2012, the Greater Lafayette community honored Ray Ewry with a monument at Lafayette Jefferson High School. All of these are well-deserved honors to Ray Ewry, Olympic Hall of Famer and local hero.

To see more pictures of Ray Ewry, click HERE.


LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center


2013-05-18 525 sign in spring 002 (2)In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors opened the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center. The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is home to the LUM After School Program, LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, and LUM Achieve! Stay in School Program.

The opening of this new facility enabled LUM to expands its programs to focus on “narrowing the academic achievement gap” within low income families in our community. Ray Ewry’s grandson, Tom Carson, from Baltimore, Maryland, attended the dedication ceremony and shared with the attendees that his grandfather would have been proud to receive this honor. Carson asked, “Can you think of any better way to celebrate Ray Ewry’s legacy than to provide young people with the tools, education and safe space they need to grow strong and succeed in life?”

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is located at 525 N. 4th Street in downtown Lafayette in the same building as the LUM Emergency Shelter



Ray Ewry in the News: 


NPR: All Things Considered — Before Leaping to 10 Gold, Athlete Beat Polio. By Mike Pesca | To hear the entire show, click HERE.


Reid Duffy Chronicles — Ray Ewry, U.S. Olympian and Purdue University Alumnus


ESPN The Magazine — Ray Ewry wasn’t even supposed to walk. By Eric Adelson | To read the full article, click HERE.



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LUM Camp 2013 – Exceeds Expectations


LUM Camp — Recap


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LUM Camp 2013 was this week with the theme — The Excitement of Engineering!  LUM Camp introduced our campers to various engineering disciplines using Ray Ewry’s life-long dedication and commitment to learning as an inspiration.

LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  LUM campers come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM Camp includes all the things a great summer camp should: morning chapel, silly camp songs, outstanding camp counselors, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, sleeping in cabins and plenty of great camp food!

But along with these, each day at LUM Camp focused on a different field of engineering.  The children saw Rube Goldberg contraptions, watched fun chemistry experiments, exercised their problem solving skills, blasted off on an imaginary adventure to outer space, worked in teams to build Lego cars, and even rode on the Boilermaker Special.  Some of the finest educators from Purdue were on hand to teach and inspire our children.

To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.



LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend the entire week at camp working with a group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors are fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people. They help create a family environment that makes LUM Camp so special. They often reflect that the benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences. They also enjoy the camp songs, bonfire, camp food, and chapel. LUM simply could not offer LUM Camp without our talented and dedicated Volunteer Camp Counselors.

LUM Camp Counselors arrive one day early for training. To see more photos of their day of training, click HERE.



Ray Ewry — Inspiration for LUM Camp 2013


This year the LUM campers were reintroduced to Ray Ewry — hometown hero, Olympian, and renowned engineer.  Born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1872, he was stricken with polio as a child and told by his doctor that he would never walk again.  Through sheer determination, Ray Ewry re-learned how to walk, run and jump – then went on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals in jumping events between 1900 and 1910.

What many people don’t know is that Ray Ewry was also a renowned engineer. He earned both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University in mechanical engineering.  He taught engineering at both Purdue and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  He inspected newly built ships for the US navy in New Jersey. But perhaps Ray Ewry’s crowning professional achievement was as lead engineer for the New York City Board of Water Supply where he helped build the 163 mile-long aqueduct system that to this day brings fresh water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.  If you visit Manhattan and drink a glass of water with your meal or take a shower in your hotel room – you have Ray Ewry to thank.



Final Thoughts on LUM Camp


It’s a safe bet that most of our LUM Campers will not go on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals – but each will overcome personal adversity to accomplish great things for the world. It’s a safer bet that most of the children arrived at LUM Camp this year thinking an engineer is someone who operates a locomotive – but now each will return home with a greater understanding and perhaps even a desire to someday become an engineer. It’s not just that we hope the children will model Ewry’s character and determination, but that Ray Ewry’s story will continue to encourage our LUM Campers to think about their futures in new ways. Most of our campers never dreamed about a Purdue education – but now they will leave LUM Camp knowing that higher education is a dream within their reach!

LUM Camp changes lives. Each of the 80 children have had an opportunity this week to grow and will benefit immeasurably because they were given a chance to attend LUM Camp.

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To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.

To see more photos of LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor training, click HERE.




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Give the LUM Camp Experience to a Child in Our Community


Summer 2013



Joe Micon

Joe Micon

Dear Friend,

Many people know the story of Ray Ewry.

Born in Lafayette in 1872, he was stricken with polio as a child and told by his doctor that he would never walk again.  Through sheer determination, Ray Ewry re-learned to walk, run and jump – then went on to win 10 gold medals in Olympic jumping events between 1900 and 1910.


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What many people don’t know is that Ray Ewry was also a renowned engineer.

He earned both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University in mechanical engineering.  He taught engineering at both Purdue and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  He inspected newly built ships for the US navy in New Jersey.

But perhaps Ray Ewry’s crowning professional achievement was as lead engineer for the New York City Board of Water Supply where he helped build the 163 mile-long aqueduct system that to this day brings fresh water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.  If you visit Manhattan and drink a glass of water with your meal or take a shower in your hotel room – you have Ray Ewry to thank.

Ray Ewry SignI share this with you for two reasons:  First of all, because Ray Ewry is a hero to the children served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  LUM’s Youth Center bears his name and his picture hangs prominently on its wall.  The children at LUM know how Ray Ewry overcame one adversity after another to achieve greatness. We talk about him all the time.

The other reason is because planning for LUM Camp 2013 has begun – and this year’s theme is “The Excitement of Engineering!”  Along with introducing our campers to various engineering disciplines, we will also lift up Ray Ewry’s life-long dedication and commitment to learning.

LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  They are children who come from families 2012-08-01 LUM Camp 005 (2)served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Camp includes all the things a great summer camp should: morning chapel, silly camp songs, outstanding camp counselors, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, sleeping in cabins and plenty of great camp food!

But along with these, each day at LUM Camp this year will focus on a different field of engineering.  The children will see Rube Goldberg contraptions, watch fun chemistry experiments, exercise their problem solving skills, work as a team to build a Lego car, ride on the Boilermaker Special – and even blast off on an imaginary adventure to outer space.  Some of the finest educators from Purdue will be on hand to help.

Because of the financial limitations of our campers’ families, paying for a week of summer camp just isn’t in the cards.  That’s why LUM seeks out the support of individuals, churches and local organizations to enable the children to attend our camp.


A $140 campership will pay for the cost of transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – everything a child will need to attend LUM Camp.

  • $280 will allow 2 children to attend
  • $420 will send 3 children
  • $70 will cover ½ of a campership 

Any amount you send will help a child to attend one of the finest overnight summer camp programs available in Indiana.


Ray Ewry Olympics 1908And this year we will reintroduce the children to Ray Ewry: hometown hero, Olympian – and renowned engineer.  It’s not just that we hope the children will model Ewry’s character and determination, but that Ray Ewry’s story will encourage our LUM Campers to think about their futures in new ways.

It’s a safe bet that none of our LUM Campers will go on to win 10 Olympic Gold medals – but each can overcome personal adversity to accomplish great things for the world.

It’s a safer bet that most of the children who come to LUM Camp this year will think an engineer is someone who operates a locomotive – but each will return home with a greater understanding and perhaps even a desire to someday become an engineer.

Most of our campers will never have dreamed about a Purdue education – but they will leave LUM Camp knowing that higher education is a dream within their reach!

LUM Camp changes lives. It will take place during the week of July 29th at beautiful Hanging Rock Camp in Warren County.  I know of 100 children who will grow and benefit immeasurably if they are given the chance to attend. 

Please, may we hear from you today?


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — It costs $140 to send a child to LUM Camp.  Place your check in the enclosed envelope, or contribute online at www.lumserve.org.



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