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Tutoring program provides aid for Jefferson Elementary students

October 24, 2012

Ruth Ann Gray (front left) assists Caroline Batey, Jefferson Elementary School third grade student during after school tutoring Thursday afternoon. Also pictured in back: Antonio Alexander, third grade, studies with Tricia Deisch.

PLYMOUTH — A new after school tutoring program started this month at Jefferson Elementary School in Plymouth.
Principal Angie Mills said that teachers and administration at the school saw the need for additional reading help for their students, especially those in the third and fourth grade.
“We used testing data from the last several years…we really wanted to target students that needed the most help, and that is third and fourth grade at this point,” said Mills.
Tutoring happens for an hour on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and is staffed entirely by volunteers — partly Jefferson teachers and partly Key Club members from Plymouth High School.
“We have four volunteers per night, and all of our teachers have volunteered for a shift,” said Mills. “We do not require (students) to attend the tutoring, but we did send home permission slips to parents. At this point we do have students on the waiting list, and we will continue to cycle students through as their ability increases.”
Jefferson Elementary recently received a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation that provided stimulus to the tutoring program. Mills said that tutors were already using free trial software to help students with their reading on MacBooks, but with the extra funds they can now purchase the full version of the software.
“We were able to enhance what we are using with (Community Foundation) funds,” said Mills. “The program that we were using after school can now be used throughout the day as well.”
Mills said that on average, 24 students attend tutoring each afternoon.

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