Primary School students benefit from help of TLCv tutors

TLCv tutors and their Primary School students

High School TLCv tutors and their students at the Primary School recently held their year end ice cream social to mark the completion of 20th year of the Teamwork, Leadership, Caring, Volunteering program.  Tutors volunteered a total of 638 hours this year, including an all-time record of 101 hours by Lexie Smith. Primary School Counselor Dr. Mariellen Kerr praised the totors for their hard work and dedication. "We had our smallest group of tutors this year but ended up amassing more hours than ever thanks to Lexie tutoring three students and coming over every day after school," Dr. Kerr said. "We were small but mighty! My thanks to Mrs. Yamatani for yet another successful year of TLCv tutoring."


Tutors for the 2016-2017 school year included Calle barrett, Devin Baugher, Evan Brown, Abigail Byers, Nicole Cain, Sam Crivaro, Alexis Day, Madalyn Evason, Violet Glose, Kaitlyn Mason, Hannah Salerno, Jasmine Seaton, Lexie Smith, Makenzie Snarey, Lucy Sommer, Cheyanne Styen, and Madison Wieland.


TLCv is a cross-age tutoring program whereby a primary student is paired with a high school student who provides tutoring under the supervision of the child's classroom teacher. This program exists as a result of the collaborative efforts of Dr. Kerr, counselor at the Primary School and high school teacher, Mrs. Yamatani.


The high school students who must apply, provide three letters of recommendation, and remain in good academic standing receive three days of training with one day devoted solely to reading skills and taught by Title 1 teacher, Mrs. Briggs. Both primary school and high school students benefit. High school students earn between 25 and 40 hours of community service each year and many return during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. The sense of accomplishment these students derive from helping one of
our little ones to be more successful is immeasurable. And highlighting the volunteer work is a great addition to college applications! The primary school students truly look up to their high school helper. They benefit both personally and academically from the extra one-on-one attention they receive two days a week in the classroom.

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