Tutors Find Gratification in Working to Improve Children's Education

Byline: by Amber Heinbaugh

Posted: March 23, 2012

On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45pm and 5:15pm our quiet campus gets much livelier with the voices of young children coming to campus to earn their education.

These children of migrant parents bring life and excitement to Wilson when they attend an After School Tutoring Program created by Asst. Prof. of Education, Lynn Newman and Student Support Specialist, Eric Mandell, with the Migrant Education and ESL Services Program.

Newman and Mandell designed the program to improve intermediate children’s mathematics and literacy.

20 to 23 Wilson student tutors work to improve the children’s academics.

32 children, on average, are in the program in total. For the student tutors, the program is a chance for them to give back.

Tutors with a cause

Morgan Lindsay ’14 said, “I love seeing the student’s faces when they get something right. It is very fulfilling.” Also they experience being a mentor to children. Students have the ability to enhance children’s lives.

The program began between Newman and Mandell. Mandell is responsible for the children’s safety and transporting them for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12. They combined forces in fall 2010 semester.

Planning for the program

They met numerous times to create a solid tutoring program that was contained some elements such as transportation and location. Then they presented it to Dean Mary Hendrickson for approval. By the spring 2011 semester they developed a five week program. Now it started in February and will continue till the first week in May.

“I enjoy seeing smiles of students when they arrive and work with tutors,” says Newman. With the growing numbers of helpers the program is making an impact on campus. As a community we are coming together to change the lives in deserving children. The progress of the program will potentially continue next year.

There are no requirements to become a tutor. Contact Prof. Newman.

Last Updated: March 23, 2012

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