HOWLAND - An after-school program that started at the Children's Rehabilitation Center in late 2009 has added an incentive plan to further help students.
Max Pearce, program coordinator, said it was realized that there was a need to provide assistance to area students with subject areas and learning.
An overwhelming response came from licensed and certified active and retired teachers to help area students prepare for the upcoming state achievement tests.
The volunteers help with math, reading, and offer homework assistance and study skill training.
Pearce said testing puts pressure on students and teachers. He received many calls from parents seeking help for their children. Approximately 120 children in kindergarten to 12th grade have participated in the program - dubbed Tutor U.
Pearce works with parents to set up one-hour sessions with teachers after school from 4 to 7 p .m. Monday to Thursday at the center, 885 Howland Wilson Road, N.E.
Pearce said this year Tutor U has the incentive plan developed by the local chapter of Beta Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society which is composed of chapters of honorary teachers locally and nationwide.
He said what was developed was a three-tier program based on the students' weekly performances.
He said as students continue to improve their grades in a nine-week period, they advance to the next tier. This is due to their positive attitudes and hard work. The incentives are based on grade level and achievement.
Robert Foster, executive director of the center, originally started the program to provide extra help for third- to eighth-graders who participate in state testing. He is a supporter of the new incentive plan.
"Helping our young people to become lifelong learners is an important part of child development and we are pleased to offer this incentive program to recognize student progress," he said.
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