The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Tots, a center for school safety, helping foster youth transition and more …

Tots will soon play near the campus of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, where leaders broke ground in September for a $2 million early childhood facility. Set to open in fall 2011, the facility, located closer to campus, will have the capacity to serve 50 toddlers and preschoolers and six infants. The center opened in 1974 as a master's degree project and today offers CLU students opportunities for observation and research into motor development, language acquisition and more.

Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., launched a regional training center for school safety, all-hazards crisis management, emergency response preparedness and more. The center offers continuing education for law enforcement and safety professionals, educators, corporate executives and community leaders.

Who helps foster youth as they make the transition to college? Samantha Banser, a sophomore at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and her mother, Pamela, started Brighter Tomorrows to do just that. The program offers resources, mentoring, a Waterloo residence for former foster youth, and life-skills sessions ranging from "changing your oil and simple car maintenance to how to set up a banking account," Banser said.

The Earl Bane Foundation gave Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., a $200,000 grant toward construction of the $3.5 million Pearson Chapel and Welcome Center. "Over the last 15 years, the Earl Bane Foundation has supported scholarships, general operations and enhancements to campus information technology at Bethany College," said Bethany's president, Edward F. Leonard III, adding that the school is "deeply grateful." Bethany has raised $1.26 million toward the project.


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