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Wednesday, Feb. 26 | By Contributed article
For quite some time Jeannie Baier, third-grade teacher at Pearson Elementary School, and Andrea Martens, English as a Second Language teacher, had been talking about offering an after-school tutoring program for Pearson students.

On Monday, Feb. 24, their vision became a reality when members of Liberty High School and Kettle Run High Schools’ National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society tutored 13 third- through fifth-grade students at Pearson. The high school students will continue to meet with the elementary students every Monday for one hour of instruction.

Students were selected for the program based on teacher recommendation, and they are grouped according to the content area in which they would most benefit from receiving remediation. Classroom teachers provided input regarding the individual needs of those being tutored so the instruction is specifically tailored to suit each participant.

The high school students quickly settled into their roles as tutors, and the children responded by becoming deeply engaged in problem solving, explaining the rationale behind their answers, and discussing science and social studies concepts. When 4:30 p.m. arrived and students packed up to meet awaiting parents, a number of the students said, “Already?” When asked about their experience, the elementary students responded that their tutors were “awesome” and “helpful.” Looking forward to next week, the third- through fifth-grade students at Pearson are eagerly awaiting the return of their new study buddies.

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