Thursday, October 04, 2007
Volunteers needed to help students
BENNETTSVILLE - SC State’s 1890 Research and Extension, Marlboro County office, opened its after-school tutoring site on Sept. 10 at Eastwood Apartments in Bennettsville, S.C. The Eastwood After-School Program serves students ages 2 to 16 in all subject areas, with a particular focus on reading and math.
This year, after-school program staff will incorporate science as a new area of study for students. According to Angela Galloway, extension agent of 4-H Youth Development, Marlboro County, students will receive hands-on instruction, which will allow the participants to “learn by doing,” a 4-H philosophy.
“There are a limited number of minority professionals in science. By introducing this area of study to students at an early age, and by providing an opportunity to take part in hands-on science projects, we are increasing their interest in this subject area,” said Galloway.
The program is held the first and third Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m. at 112 Wallace Circle, Bennettsville, S.C. During a typical tutoring session, students will spend 50 minutes working to finish their homework or reviewing completed homework with a volunteer tutor. Many of the middle school students, who attend the program, provide one-on-one assistance as volunteer tutors to the younger students. Following the homework period, students participate in scheduled activities, which vary depending on the day: Monday - arts and crafts; Tuesday - science; and Wednesday - outdoor play. Children are also provided a healthy snack, through a partnership with 1890 Research and Extension and the After-School Snack program.
Additional volunteers are needed to help children with their lessons. Persons who would like to serve as a positive role model, mentor younger youth, or just enjoy working with children, should contact Angela D. Galloway at (843) 479-6991 to register as a volunteer.