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January 2021 Newsletter

New Year, New You By Erin Brock

What would you do if you were set with the task of making your life better? Would you finally learn how to cook so you can try all those tasty recipes you see people raving about? Would you go for a run, knowing that the rewarding feeling afterwards would be way better than the struggle during? Would you buy a cute journal with the knowledge that sometimes the best therapy is letting things out? There are a lot of things we can do to better ourselves, and even though New Year’s resolutions feel cliché and temporary, the only thing stopping you from being your best self is you!
So, this year, let’s make a resolution together – let’s promise to make a conscious effort to become better people. Sometimes that means being healthier, sometimes it means being nicer, or other times it means being more educated, but either way it means becoming a better
version of ourselves than we were before. And while we’re out there improving ourselves, we’ll be improving our lives and the worlds around us as well. And you know we’re going to tell you that coming to the Learn More Center to complete your education is the best resolution of all! Call us today to get started. Here’s to a new year, new opportunities, and a new you!

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We Care! Erin Brock

The Learn More Center is more than just a place to go to learn math or reading. It’s a place where you can connect with people who have lived entirely different lives from yours, but somehow understand who you are and what you’re going through. It’s a place where you don’t have to feel alone. Each person who walks through our doors has lived a unique, complex, life. Some have faced trauma, abuse, or other hardships. But at Learn More Center, we commit to spreading love and understanding, making it our goal to care about every student. You may come to us with the goal of getting your diploma or learning a new language, but you will leave with a new family and a large group of people who care about you. Your past is your own, but the Learn More Center is here to shape the way for your future!

Be Present: As a Person, in Real Life. By Erin Brock

Wherever you are right now, how many things do you notice around you? If you’re sitting outside, do you hear the birds chirping or smell the fresh grass and pure earth? If you’re inside, do you hear the buzz of the air conditioner or the sound of the world outside your windows? Often, we realize that we missed something that was going on around us all because
we weren’t paying attention. We weren’t present. It can be so easy to become engulfed with the world going on inside our heads. Our
minds spin with thoughts about the past and the future, thinking about what we’ve done and what we’re about to do. But it’s important to take a step back and remember to be present in the moment! Sometimes the greatest things we can do for ourselves are taking a step back, breathing deeply, and being grateful for where we are. If you find yourself thinking more about what’s next in life or what’s passed instead of what is happening right now, it can be easy to feel stressed or upset. Remember to be present and stay grounded. One way or another, everything will sort itself out and as long as we remember to appreciate the moments we’re in, we can better appreciate the moments that are coming.

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The Power of Educated Parents

While I always knew I wanted to go to college, I wasn’t sure how to get started with the process. Thankfully, something fortuitous happened for me at just the right time: when both of my parents earned their GEDs, they went straight to our local community college and signed up for classes. When I graduated from high school the next year, I followed, and I was privileged to get to take a couple of classes with them before I transferred to a four-year college. Going to college with them is a treasured memory. It helped me, a shy young woman, acclimate to a new environment. It was a natural next step for me, one that would have been more difficult if my parents had not led the way.

Not everyone has had that unique experience, but research shows that the education level of parents can have an effect on their children. A College Board/National Journal survey conducted in 2014 provided some interesting insights: Eighty percent of those with both parents who hold college degrees said their parents wanted them to go on to a four-year college or university. Only 29 percent in families without degrees were encouraged to do so. Their parents instead suggested they get a job or enter the military.

There is an economic benefit to children whose parents are educated, too. The National Center for Children in Poverty found in 2015 that less educated parents translated to lower household incomes. Eighty-six percent of children living with parents without a high school degree are in low-income families, the study shows.

As a result, because families without higher education aren’t as likely to encourage their children to go on to college, the cycle of poverty is often carried on to the next generation. Not only can poverty cause physical harm to children through a lack of basic necessities, but it can cause stress and behavioral issues throughout the family, resulting in problems in relationships and school.

My parents, degrees in hand, quickly moved the family from economically depressed West Virginia, where my dad was out of work, to Indiana where he found a job within a week. I (eventually) went on to get not only my bachelor’s but also my master’s degree. I can attest to the influence of parents’ education on a child.

*Photo by Kristin Hardwick

North Manchester
Town Life Center

603 Bond Street
North Manchester, IN 46962
Phone: (260) 330-1461
HSE Exam scheduling:
(260) 330-3553

Hours:
Monday: 9am-7pm
Wednesday: 9am-7pm

Wabash
Wabash County Community Learning Center

277 North Thorne Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: (260) 330-1082

Hours:
Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 9am-3pm

Email:info@learnmorecenter.org
 

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