National Apprenticeship Week

LUME Institute Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week


LUME Institute celebrated National Apprenticeship Week from November 13-19, 2018, by bringing together Apprentices, partners, and community members to share information and perspectives about our Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program.

LUME kicked off the week with a celebration dinner on November 13 for LUME Apprentices and their families at Flance Early Learning Center, which is an Early Childhood Apprentice Employer. During the dinner, we debuted two new videos highlighting the work: one features Apprentice reflections and another provides perspectives from a key Apprenticeship partner, the SIUE East St. Louis Center. The following day, on November 14, LUME hosted an Open House for community members and key workforce development partners at University City Children’s Center, another Early Childhood Apprentice Employer. Open House attendees, including staff from school districts, community-based organizations, workforce development agencies, and more, learned about the Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program from LUME staff members and Apprentices, who were on-hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Finally, on November 15, LUME participated in Saint Louis Public School’s Apprenticeship Experience to introduce the Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program to juniors and seniors at Roosevelt High School.

LUME is grateful to our partners – Flance Early Learning Center, SIUE East St. Louis Center, St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), and University City Children’s Center – for their ongoing support and commitment to the Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program.

Post by Lindsey Forsythe, Workforce Development Project Coordinator




Children need to learn how to give and receive, and this learning begins in infancy. An infant gives a smile and receives an endearing flow of loving responses. Children learn early about the reciprocity of relationships. These relationships become embedded in the spirit of the child, and manifest themselves in their developing values and character. Raising children who embody gratitude does not begin with an activity of "doing" or gift giving; it is rooted in the empathetic relationships developed during infancy, which are carried on throughout life.

As children grow and develop, the ability to be grateful is reinforced by the little things that we as parents, teachers, and supportive adults model. How do we model thankfulness, gratitude, and empathy towards others? How do we help our children see the gifts of life in our everyday living? 

Simple things to do that facilitate gratitude:

  1. Model gratitude and thankfulness in your everyday life
  2. Volunteer with your children 
  3. Write thank you notes and have children draw thank you pictures
  4. Help children develop a vocabulary of thankful words..."I appreciate you placing your cup in the sink."
  5. Read books that represent thankfulness (The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Thankful Book by Todd Parr)


Post by Stephen P. Zwolak