Lena Merrill Community Learning Center at Saratoga Elementary

Saratoga School is the proud home of the Lena Merrill Community Learning Center. Community Learning Centers (CLCs) are a holistic approach to student learning and achievement. We do this by fostering a welcoming environment for students, their families, and community members to come together and extend learning beyond the school day!

The goal of all Lincoln Community Learning Centers is to develop:

Successful Students

All students in Kindergarten through 5th grade have access to free after school clubs.  Some focus on academic achievement like our Dreambox Club (math) and Star Readers (literacy for Kindergarten and 1st grade), while others focus on increasing student learning through new, enriching activities like Theater Club and Soccer Club!

We provide an engaging and enriching before and after school program through partnering with local non-profit, Family Service Lincoln. To find out more about before and after school care provided everyday on school grounds, please go to the Family Service Lincoln site linked here: https://familyservicelincoln.org/programs/before-after-school-programs/

Thriving Families

Other families and community members participate in evening events like:

  • Math & Music Night: Family engagement night blending the fun of music with math!
  • One Book, One Family: Family literacy night that focuses on reading to your child and enjoying a meal together as a community!
  • Parent Get-Togethers: Parent Coffee Connection, Parents in the Park, Cookies and Cocoa Night and many more to come!
  • Community Cafe: Starting in Spring 2019, Saratoga will begin hosting a series of community conversations focused on connecting parents and community residents. These events provide a free meal, childcare, and interpretation services.

We look forward to establishing more family engagement events based on our community’s interests and values. Please reach out to us if you have ideas or would like to get involved!

Strong Neighborhoods

Our School Neighborhood Advisory Committee (SNAC) is a group of invested teachers, volunteers, and community business, religious, and civic partners, who work to strengthen our efforts. They evaluate our work, set goals, and create a vision for how to meet our goals. All are welcome to attend Saratoga SNAC meetings. Join us on the first Thursday of the Month at 4:30 PM in our Media Center!

A Community Learning Center is a team effort and we could not do it without our strong partnership with the following organizations: Family Service Lincoln, Southwood Lutheran, Lincoln Southeast STUCO, Immanuel Lutheran, Kiwanis Club, Kicks for Kids, Food Fort, Russ’s Market, Lincoln Parole Officer, Optimist Club, UNL Honors Program, UNL American Read Tutors, Lincoln Bike Kitchen, the Lincoln Food Bank, as well as Saratoga teachers, staff, volunteers and students.  We Thank You!

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To join our efforts or learn more, please contact:
Chelsea Egenberger, CMSW
CLC School Community Coordinator
Email: chelsea.egenberger@lps.org
402-436-1166 / 402-580-3527

2215 S 13th St [map]
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502
Phone: (402) 436-1166
Fax: (402) 458-3266