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It all started with O N E...

Learning Links of Fairport was created after Fairport United Methodist Church (FUMC), through Catholic Family Services, sponsored ONE refugee family from Kenya who emigrated to the U.S., through approval of President George W. Bush. That's what began our story-- as ONE good thing begets the next...

so here are the details:

 

FUMC, through Pastor John McNeill, was inspired to reach out and support the families here in Fairport, not in downtown Rochester, He wanted to this family to live locally in the community--at The Pines of Perinton.  After hosting the new family in her home for almost a month , FUMC member Kate Thon saw the vital need to support the children of refugees and other foreign-born children coming to the U.S., in their "American" schooling.

Thon and McNeill prayerfully worked together for a year to start a ‘homework help’ program for these multi-cultural kids in Fairport schools, on the Pines' grounds. With the approval and support from Len Statham of Partners In Community Development (PICD), the program began in January 2009. We had 5 students and 5 tutors! It was the start of something really big!

 

 

 

 

Maintaining our 1:1 student-tutor ratio on Tuesday nights, with generous assistance from Exxon Mobil's Employee Match program and kind adult volunteer tutors coming from churches and the local community, LL continued reaching more students and tutors. By 2012, we had 27-34 Fairport school kids, when we expanded to two nights per week in April of 2013. By the 2014 school year we had 42 students and needed a milestone third night of tutoring. With the help of volunteers Dave Large and Church of the Resurrection team, we had 54 kids attending each week.

 

Zoom ahead to our 11th year... and our 98 students attend LL as K-2nd graders on Thursdays, 6th-12th graders on Wednesdays and 3rd-5th graders on Tuesdays.


The majority of Learning Links of Fairport students live in The Pines of Perinton and come from families of diverse cultures and religious backgrounds from around the world, thus giving it the nickname, The Little United Nations of Perinton.” Many kids in our program are the fastest adapting English speakers in their families and act as translators for their parents.  


Learning Links is approved as a tutoring program by the Fairport Central School District. We are non-profit organization through our our community partner, Fairport Foundation, a 501(c)3 entity, making your donations tax-deductible. 

 

We are blessed to be supported by community members, area churches: FUMC, Church of the Resurrection, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mt. Rise UCC, Church of the Assumption, and more. Fairport Rotary and Fairport Area Lion's Club also support Learning Links of Fairport. Our company partners like Harris Beach Law Firm, Bosch Security Systems, AirQuip Heating & Air, and more support Learning Links in so many important ways!

(Learning Links of Fairport was officially named after helping Webster United Methodist Church create a Learning Links

program in Webster--at Phillips Village. So, we became Learning Links of Fairport (Perinton and Penfield, too)! 

Becky     3rd-5th Grade Coordinator, LL Board Secretary and Fairport Rotary President

                  Retired school administration

 

Fun Fact:     Started MOBY, helping folks in "My Own BackYard"

 

Becky has never met a kid or kid project that she didn't love! Becky helps LL students

with bikes, backpacks and school trips, too!

Her motto:  Isn't this so much fun!

 

 

Shelley    Adult Tutoring Coordinator, LL Board, Retired ENL Administrator & Educator 

 

Fun Fact:     Loves to travel

 

Has a lot of fun working with the Adults who bravely take on English as their second

language!

 

Her motto: Never stop learning!

 

 

Bill       LL Board VP & Fairport Admin. Liaison, long-time tutor and board since 2009!                 Retired School Principal, College Instructor


Fun Fact:  Supposed to slow down when he retired, but it isn't happening so far!

 

Bill also wants to play more of golf with his wife, now that he doesn't have to get up and go to school everyday! Bill has been guiding the LL board of directors from the beginning!

Brian     LLBoard Treasurer, Long-time tutor and benefactor since 2009!


Fun Fact:   There is a lot of 'Goodness' in their family!

 

Spends time around the world and at home, but guess where he loves to be the most, with his growing family! He's also really smart and he can help kids with almost any questiono they have. We're blessed to have Mr. Brian so involved at LL!

 

Cindy      Learning Links Board Member, LL School Liaison, Retired Educator


Fun Fact:     Family theme is "Better Crazy than Boring"

 

I have been an educator all of my adult life both in my career, as a grandmother recently, and as a volunteer through Rotary.  Thus my motto is:  The more you give the more you receive.

Kim        LL Board Member, Elem. Ed Liaison/ Teaches 5th grade SE at Northside


Fun Fact:    Travels all over the world on breaks 

 

More to come

Kalsan      LL Board Member, Pines Liaison / Mother and Community Friend


Fun Fact:       Happiness is her middle name, or should be!

 

Kalsan is a key assist to all things Learning Links and loves the program! 

Alma      LL Board Member, Islamic Community Liaison


Fun Fact:    Can do more laundry in one day than 4 people combined!

 

Contributes to the cultural components of our discussions as well as financial fund raising too! Our wonderful asset to the board!

Dave G.      LL Board Member, Facilities Liaison, Thurs K-2 Tutor/Retired Xerox Exec.                         and Fairport Library Board Member


Fun Fact:    

More to come

Todd      Wed 6-12 Co-Coordinator, LL Board Member/ Engineer & Wizard


Fun Fact:    Rivals the Best Trivia Game Hosts!

 

More to come:

Linda     Wed 6-12 Co-Coordinator, LL Board Member/ Retired English Literature


Fun Fact:    Best smile and so much fun

 

More to come:

Carlee      Wed. Night 6-12th Tutor, Board Member Emeritus, Long-time tutor and                          benefactor since 2009/ Retired business administrator

Fun Fact:       Has so much fun with her sisters, ask her what they did last!

 

Carlee is so nice to her students no matter how old they are and what they are studying. She's a veteran tutor we depend on!

Dave L.   LL Field Trip Manager, Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor, Board Member Emeritus, 

              Retired business owner, Fairport Rotarian & Church Leader

 

Fun Fact:     He loves to cook and share!

 

Always seems to know what's needed at Learning Links and comes through with great people, great ideas and great goodies! 

 

Sharon      Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor/ Retired Educator/Red Cross Volunteer

 

Fun Fact:    Creator of the LL Back2School Program

 

Sharon likes to help people! 

Joanne    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor/ Retired Orthodontist


Fun Fact:  Has the same birthday as her student!

 

Joanne represents Learning Links so well that she recruits super speakers for the summer program and tells potential new tutors what LL is all about!

Patty S.    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor/ Middle School Asst. Librarian MD


Fun Fact:  

 

More to come

 

Fran   Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Patti    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor/ Retired Xerox Exec.


Fun Fact:  We will have to ask Mr. Chris

 

More to come

 

Chris    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor/ Business Owner


Fun Fact:  Reads a mean "The Night Before Christmas" in bathrobe, slippers and 

               long winter cap!

 

More to come

 

Julie    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Karen    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

Fun Fact:   

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Cindy B.    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

Fun Fact:   

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Kathy   Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor  & Asst. Coordinator

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Sara   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:   Legos is her middle name 

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Kristi   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor / Speech Therapist at Brooks Hill by day... 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Tutoring with her daughter is so much fun!

Grace   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor/ Penfield High Student

 

Fun Fact:    Tutors with her Mom!

 

She loves our K-2 kids so much!

Catherine    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

   


Fun Fact:  She helped Fairport Historical Society with a statue!

 

More to come

MaryAnne   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor /Retired Archeologist

 

Fun Fact:    She's a bird and nature expert!

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much and will be back soon!

Kathie   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor / Fairport Kindergarten Teacher 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

More to come

Sunny   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:   

 

Lloves our K-2 kids so much!

Henry   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor/Harley 11th grader

 

Fun Fact:   scholar guy who shares his time with us!

 

Its a family deal, as his Mom tutors adults and he and sis Lucy tutor K-2!

Lucy  Thursday Night K-2 Tutor /Harley 10th grader

 

Fun Fact:  A scholar and athlete!

 

Its a family deal, as her Mom tutors adults and she and bro Henry tutor K-2!

Jane   Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Jim   Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    Learned about Learning Links from his daughter, Jane!!

 

More to come

Mary   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:   Ask Blanche...

 

Loves basketball and our K-2 kids so much!

Blanche   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    Tutors with her BFF from elementary school!

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Gary   Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor / Climbs the world's mountains for fun!

 

Fun Fact:    

 

More to come

Tina   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor / Retired 

 

Fun Fact:    Once read the same long book twice to two groups of K-2 kids!

 

More to come

Collin     Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

More to come

Meghan   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Jenny   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Molly   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Lisa   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:   Retired from being a Principal and now tutors about tigers and stuff!

 

More to come

Jack   Tuesday Night 3-5thTutor 

 

Fun Fact:    Eats Math for breakfast!

 

More to come

Emma   Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor / Fairport High Student 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Lori  Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor / Retired Teaching Asst. at Brooks Hill

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Alda   Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Carolyn    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Cathy G.    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor & Most Valuable Food Prepper!/Retired                          Insurance Adjuster, BLC member

   
Fun Fact:  

 

More to come

Lisa   Thursday Night K-2 Tutor 

 

Fun Fact:   Retired from being a Principal and now tutors about tigers and stuff!

 

More to come

Ellen    Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Lizzy    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor / Penfield High Student 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Sarah    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor / Penfield High Student 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Maggie    Tuesday Night 3-5th Tutor / Penfield High Student 

 

Fun Fact:    

 

Loves our K-2 kids so much!

Emily     Board Member Emeritus, Original Web Page Designer for LL

                 and grant writer/PennState Graduate Volunteer Network Coordinator

Fun Fact:  Proud Aunt of three darling nieces!

 

Emily the newlywed is also a YOGI and is a Communications manager at Princeton University where her husband Gleason is a professor. Graduated (with highest honors) SUNY Binghamton in a dual major, All-American Lacrosse Player in High School and for fun learns how to write a grants and then create a website for Learning Links! MBA graduate! 

 

 

Judy       LL Consultant, LL Board Member Emeritus / Award-winning Legal Assistant

                  by day

 

Fun Fact:  Loves to travel

 

Judy learns from the kids as much as they learn from the tutors. 

Her motto: Never stop learning!

 

 

Barry   Wednesday Night 6-12th Tutor / Retired 

 

Fun Fact:    Knows everything about birds!

 

More to come