We will be starting our summer sessions for 2017 on Monday, June 19. Due to the “snow days” last winter, some of the school districts in our area are not out for the summer yet. That’s okay, we’ll work students in whenever they need.
If you are unsure what time your student is coming, please feel free call Steve at 360-269-2975. Steve will also be assessing a few new students this week but has time for more so you can call him to get on the list too.
We are working on a few special classes for this summer too. So far, students will have a chance to learn geography by building their own world globe. Watch for more information soon.
What other workshops would you be interested in? How about cursive writing or physics or an intro to Spanish? If you have ideas, please share them with Steve and he’ll see what he can do!
Our building was built in 1923 in the Historic Edison District of Centralia. Its design incorporated elements of popular designs of the day, from the “dog-eared” ridges of its high roof to the wide, front porch with a 40″ wide front door, heavy corbels and semi-circular roof. For the first 83 years of its life it served as home to a few families. It was always well cared for and stood tall as many people traveled 1st Street between downtown and Fords Prairie.
In 2007, this fine, old home became the home of The Freeman Center. Today, it includes four classrooms (formerly known as Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom and Den). The long-neglected basement was renovated into a “Science Laboratory”. Today, it is not uncommon to see young students learning to read, older students working on math or language, high school students learning Algebra while a group of students are in the basement building rockets or Lego robots.
This is what happens when a guy has a shop, access to wood, a bit of free time and a wild imagination! The idea sprung from a discussion of geometry which included using the angles and proportions of a pencil to create problems for students to solve. A few weeks later, a giant pencil was born. It is 24′ tall and 2′ in diameter. The body is made from 12″x 1/2″ recycled cedar. The ferrule is three pieces of sheet metal, shaped and riveted together. The current eraser is made from a 40 gallon drum which was made in Greece. The current point was turned from laminated wood which was recycled from the pipes of a 1906 theater pipe organ. The tip is actually the end of a metal pipe from the same pipe organ. It is made from a zinc and lead alloy so it looks a lot like graphite!
Students who work hard at The Freeman Center not only improve their grades in school and develop skills and strategies to help them succeed in life but they can also earn “cruises” in vintage cars. They are invited to take friends and/or family members for the ride and stop for ice-cream along the way.
Along the way, the topics of conversation range from local history and old cars, to their hopes and dreams for their future. It is a time enjoyed by all.
I received another wonderful email last week:
I wanted to tell you what I heard from [my daughter’s] principle last week. I had heard this story from [my daughter], but to hear it the second time I knew it really happened! [My daughter] and her combined class of 7th and 8ith graders … apparently had some class time to catch up on any work they had. Another girl asked [my daughter] if she would help her study for a Math test. This young lady is Russian, English is NOT her first language. The teacher was so impressed with the way [my daughter] worked with her, that she shared it with the principle.
So, [my daughter] comes to The Freeman Center at 9 years old, because she was not doing well in Math (or Reading). I needed her to be up to the standards of The Centralia Christian School in that Fall of 2012. And now as an 8th grader, one of the teachers is amazed at [my daughter’s] ability in helping a student with the math that she learned as a 7th grader!! I give complete credit to you and the staff that has been with her through the time she has been there. Your methods of teaching and reaching kids has really come through with [my daughter]. She has confidence to help a fellow student. All last year, even though she was not coming to the center, [my daughter] would talk about how she knew that it was because of Mr. Freeman teaching her this or that.
I am also so very thankful that Mr. Keahey was able to have [my daughter] come for help in math. It was amazing to me that she went to school all week, I take her to tutoring for the first time in awhile, on a Friday afternoon and later, she came out to the car with a BIG smile on her face, happy to do math for an hour!! Wow! What can I say. A great teacher, spent that hour with [my daughter].