Robinson Center

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The Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC)


The Robinson Community Learning Center was started in 2001 as an off-campus educational initiative of the President’s Office at the University of Notre Dame in partnership with Northeast Neighborhood residents of South Bend. An estimated 500 participants come through the doors of the Center each week for regular programming. Hundreds of college volunteers participate in the RCLC tutoring program each year, matched one-to-one with area children. (



Each week, R.C.L.C. solicits volunteer organizations to provide a fun group activity for the children attending the after-school program. LAND hosts Fun Fridays once a month (almost always on non-home game weekends), providing refreshments and an exciting literary activity for groups of students ages five to seventeen. Past activities have included: create-your-own-storybook, Mad Libs, charades, and design-your-own-superhero.



If you have a great idea for an activity, or just want to join us in hanging out with a great group of kids, sign up for LAND and join us for these Fun Fridays!


2011 Dates (4-5pm)

Sept. 7

Oct. 9

Nov. 4

Dec. 2


Previous Activities:
Feb. 11, 2011, Ecuador & Central American Rabbit Fables

That week the children at the Robinson Center were learning about Ecuador.  LAND was lucky to have an international student from Ecuador join us to be able to tell the Students that Ecuador is not too different from the United States but there are foods and customs that are certainly unique.

We also discussed what fables were and told them the story of the Rabbit and the Crab which you can read below.  The kids discussed in small groups other fables that they knew such as the Hare and the Tortoise.  They then wrote, illustrated, and read aloud/acted out their own fables.  One included not playing catch with a ball indoors and the consequences of lying to your parents about a broken vase because of playing inside.

The Rabbit and the Crab

Once upon a time, the rabbit teamed up with the crab to grow some carrots. They worked for several days together in harmony.

First they chose the seed and then they planted it. Then they took care of the young plants, the two of them always in agreement. They harvested the crop and separated the tops from the carrots.

But the arguments began when the time came to divide the crop.

The rabbit wanted to deceive the crab with sweet talk.

“See? We have two piles there, a big one and a little one. You can have the big one and I’ll take the small one.”

After seeing that the big pile was made of carrots tops while the small one was made of fresh, plump carrots, the crab answered, “Thank you very much, my dear friend, but I like to be fair. Let’s divide the two piles in half, I’ll divide and you choose, or you divide and I’ll choose, as you prefer. What do you say?”

“No, no! I can’t agree,” said the rabbit. Let’s walk some thirty paces from here and we’ll come back running. The first one to get there gets the carrots and the other one gets the tops. What do you say?”

“Well, all right, it seems fair to me,” answered the crab.

“Finally we’re in agreement!” said the rabbit. He was very happy, because he was sure he was going to win: “I’m so pleased about this, that if you win, I’m prepared to give you all the carrots and all the tops. Do you agree?”

“I agree!” repeated the crab.

“There’s one other thing,” said the rabbit, “since I know you’re slower than me, I’m going to give you a ten-pace handicap.”

“No, that’s too much! I can’t accept that,” said the crab, pretending that he didn’t want to take advantage of him. “You’re the one that ought to have a ten-pace handicap. I won’t take no for an answer.”

“I accept, I accept,” the rabbit hastened to answer, not wanting to contradict him, and glad to do what he asked. That way the other fellow wouldn’t get angry.

He threw himself in behind the crab and went to the place where the race was going to start.

The rabbit went ahead to take the ten-pace handicap. But as soon as he turned his back, the crab, who was neither slow nor lazy, seized the rabbit’s tail with his claws, without him realizing it. When they came to where the carrots were, the rabbit turned around thinking that he had left the crab far behind. But then the crab opened his claws and fell real quietly on top of the carrots.

“Where are you, friend?” the rabbit asked happily when he didn’t see him anywhere.

“Here I am!” answered the crab behind him.

The rabbit jumped with surprise and then stood frozen in his tracks, not believing what he saw. There was the crab, climbing over the piles of carrots.

“Here I am! And I got here before you did!”

That day was the first time ever that the rabbit lost. He was very sad because he could not understand how the crab got ahead of him. That’s how the crab got to keep the carrots. That was the story of the rabbit and the crab.