Summer Enrichment Program: Marlington Local School District offers K-12 summer school/credit recovery programs housed at Marlboro Elementary School daily. In addition, children of migrant workers attend a summer enrichment programs at the Marlboro Elementary School for six weeks in June and July. The program provides educational, service and recreational activities for the children during the afternoons while their parents are working in the fields. The summer program served 53 children in 2013.
Hartville Head Start: The Hartville Head Start facility is run by the Texas Migrant Head Start Program and is located at 61 Hartville Road. The licensed center provides daycare and preschool activities for migrant children ages six weeks to six years old Monday through Friday during the growing season. Over 40 migrant children attended this program in 2013.
Education Programs: The Hartville Migrant Center offers educational programs for adults as well as children. These programs include ESL (English as a Second Language), GED (General Equivalency Diploma), citizenship classes, Bible studies, legal assistance, and outreach services. A grant was provided in 2013 by The Women’s Fund, Endowment of Stark Community Foundation to purchase computers for the center that assist the migrants during GED classes and also self-tutorial educational programs. Migrants also have internet access to communicate with loved ones back home.
Friends of the Library: Every year the Migrant Center library is run through the Friends of the Library Lake Branch of the Stark County District Library. It is staffed by volunteers and provides materials that have been generously donated through the community. Children are able to explore Spanish-only, bilingual, and English language materials from a variety of genres. During the peak of the Summer season, an average of 12 children visit the library during the evening clinics and family activity nights . Computers are also provided for children to have the opportunity to explore information literacy skills under the guidance of library volunteers.
On July 28, 2014, The Lake Community Friends of the Library won the Ohio Library Council’s Ohio Friends of the Library award. We are blessed to have such an amazing group of volunteers at our migrant center.