Viewpoint: I-SS needs tutors for new after-school program

Posted at 2:54 PM on Sep 6, 2019

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BY ANITA JOHNSON

I am contacting you because I know your hearts. I need tutors to help over 60 children at multiple locations around the city. This program is affiliated with the Iredell-Statesville School System Gear-Up program, which is being funded by a $6.2 million federal grant.

This is an effort to bring children up to speed academically so they can begin to feel confident in their ability to graduate and plan for a post-high school education, whether it is a trade school, two-year associate degree or a bachelor's degree. We want these children to believe in their abilities and the possibility of a future with good paying jobs.

They need help with basics: reading, language arts, history, math or science. We will find the materials to help you do your tutoring.

We have an I-SS staff member coming to teach us how to teach the core math.

You choose the day of the week, the place and the subject you want to teach. Our goal is to have a location in every area of town so children without transportation can easily get to a learning center.

These children are eager to learn and want to do better.

If you cannot tutor, please share this with someone that you think would be interested, perhaps a neighbor, co-worker, family member or church group.

We need individuals to help register students as they arrive and leave. We need someone to pick up meals for every location which have been prepared at a nearby school for an evening meal for the children.

We will also try to provide them with fresh fruit at each location for a take-home snack.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, we will offer a Tutoring for Tutors program at the Upper Room from 6 to 7 p.m. Tutoring sessions begin the week of Sept. 16.

All tutors must pass a background check through the I-SS system; the cost is $25. All tutors must complete a one-hour child-protection class.

We can do great things for these children and for our community. For more information, contact me at anitarjohnson@thejohnsongroupnc.com

Anita Johnson lives in Statesville.

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