To the editor:
Area students are already on their way back to the classroom. Schools all over are struggling with how to best prepare their students for what lies ahead. The balanced calendar being implemented in area schools is just one way that local administrators are attempting to give students the strongest academic experience they can provide. However, it makes attending school very different from what we all remember.
Learning has changed, and what needs to be learned has to be introduced in earlier grades; and often the students who attend our schools are not emotionally or academically prepared for what they are expected to know. Broken homes, poverty, homelessness, parents who don’t or won’t stress the importance of school and constant moving from place to place are just some of the things that make learning more difficult for children in 2014.
Fortunately adults in our community have the opportunity to help fill in some of the gaps that plague children who attend our area schools. For over 25 years the Oasis tutoring program has transformed the lives of children all over the United States offering compassionate friendship and academic support to children in elementary school.
Oasis has provided tutors in the Greenwood area for over 21 years, and last year 35 tutors helped 43 students more successful.
You, too, can make a difference by volunteering to be an Oasis tutor and help our educators make sure that all students receive the kind of learning and emotional support that will help prepare them for their future. Oasis tutors attend a three-day training program in early October and agree to meet with their student for an hour a week throughout the school year.
If you can give an hour a week to help a child have a more successful learning experience and make their future more secure, please call 396-3751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Make a difference in a child’s life and have an impact on the future. Become an Oasis tutor.
K. Jane Adcock
Oasis tutor coordinator
Greenwood Community Schools