The Jubilee Neighborhood School (JNS) program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream is enjoying a full schedule of fun and educational events this winter. JNS is an educational program that partners with parents and schools to support academic achievement of 1st-5th grade students.

This month, the program began its second semester of Friday Specials, which are fun, extracurricular electives for students. Specials this semester include soccer, art (led by a Wheaton College student), Pinterest 101, WORD (World of Rhyme & Dance), rap composition and inventions. Specials run for 11 weeks and culminate with an end-of-year showcase for friends and family in May.

In addition to Specials, students can also join the JNS choir, which is performing at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Carol Stream on January 18. The choir is busy practicing two songs, one of which incorporates a drama by OCC’s middle school students. Choir and drama will be led by Kimberly Verner, Lead Teacher at OCC’s satellite site in the Villagebrook Apartments.

To help students academically, JNS offers classroom teaching as well as one-on-one tutoring. Volunteer tutors are in high demand, and the program welcomed three new tutors in January! “It’s never too late to make an impact in the life of a student,” says Mary Lundeen, OCC Elementary Program Coordinator. Find out how you can make a difference by volunteering as a tutor.

JNS also welcomed the Wheaton College women’s basketball team for a special visit on January 8. The group helped students with their homework, led games in the classroom and played basketball with students in the gym. “We are grateful to the team for joining us; the excitement by our students was palpable,” said Mary. “The players were great role models and inspirations for our students, and we hope to partner again in the future.”