Bryan tutors help area school children
December 08, 2010

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Bryan College tutors are making a difference in the lives of 35 Rhea County elementary school pupils, helping with reading and math skills through the America Reads/America Counts federal work study program.

 

Tutor Amanda Rogers works with one of her students at the Dayton library. 

Each week, six Bryan tutors meet their students at Dayton’s Clyde W. Roddy Public Library, helping the children work their way through school assignments.

 

Angela Kopeski, assistant librarian, said the tutors’ schedules are full and there is a waiting list of children needing assistance. “The first year we did this we didn’t have a huge response because people didn’t know about it,” she said. As teachers and parents learned the service was available the response picked up.

 

“We have students come back every year, and they often ask for the same tutor,” she said.

 

Tutor Amanda Rogers, a senior elementary education major, said parents seem to appreciate the help. “Parents come in and often say they don’t know how to help their children. By the end of the semester they say their children are doing so much better.”

 

Rebecca Wilson, a junior elementary education major, said she enjoys the work and the pay that goes with it: “It’s a win-win situation.”

 

Ms. Kopeski said in addition to the help the children receive, the library benefits because “this brings people into the library who may not realize the resources we have. It gets us into the community and the community into our doors.”

 

Judy Shetter, Bryan’s assistant financial aid director, said the college and community benefit as well. “The children who are being tutored benefit by receiving one-on-one help in math and/or reading, writing, and language arts. The program also provides an opportunity for Bryan College to reach out to the community by offering this service to elementary children at no cost to the family."