Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.
Only a day away from our first Maker Monday class at Worcester Public Library, and we find ourselves launching this program during a fortuitous time of economic development in Worcester. The city has faced many challenges but I feel like there is no greater time to boost the morale and needs of our community than now.
Maker Monday — a four-week series of STEAM [STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, classes, with Art incorporated] courses at the library’s main branch — are just the beginning of The Learning Hub’s latest launch.
With hourlong classes for 9- to 12-year-olds centering on Van Gogh, the science of clouds, creative writing, food sustainability and environmental literacy, we look to leverage what we consider the city’s greatest educational needs into a viable, fully comprehensible early-development tool for students. The free classes will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22.
Breathing new life into the interactive programs of the library, we will strive to keep students engaged, excited and yearning for new learning material. For the nonprofit Hub, once envisioned as a tutoring center on Pleasant Street, this venture with the library is a first step in our goal of reaching and helping many young people.
It is fair to say that our journey has not been one without a few potholes, but throughout the path less traveled, our entrepreneurial spirit has given us the motivation needed to create and integrate a program that can make a difference in the lives of many.
Read Giselle’s most recent chapter, The stemming of the tide, or scroll down to start from earlier in her journey
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