After School Homework Clubs Provide Extra Help

After School Homework Clubs Provide Extra Help
Posted on 04/18/2019
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Students participating in homework clubWhat started as a group of school administrators, teachers and aides traveling to a neighborhood has grown into a popular after school activity. Several Lakota elementary schools are offering extra help for students through homework clubs.

Thanks to staff and volunteers, Adena, Cherokee, Independence and Woodland each have a club that meets after school, providing help in subjects like English Language Arts, reading and math. Greg Finke, principal at Independence Elementary School, said the school has had a homework club, which is now run by Whiz Kids - a volunteer outreach program - through City Gospel Mission, for the past 12 years. “It has been a tremendous support for students who needed some extra attention to be successful in school.”

Students meet one-to-two times per week after school for a little extra assistance. All of the schools have volunteers who help out, including parents and students from junior schools as well as Lakota East and West. “It is heartwarming to see Adena teachers, former students who are now at Ridge and West, PTO parents and a variety of volunteers support our All-Stars,” said Principal John Mattingly. “Everyone is simply ‘All-In’ in wrapping our arms around our learners!”

Woodland’s club, which began in 2014, averages about 40 students at its weekly sessions. The club is focusing more on the school’s third grade English language learners this year. Leah Aguilar, one of Lakota’s community liaisons, oversees the clubs at Woodland and Cherokee. She sees many benefits for the participating students, including relationships with consistent adults and high school student volunteers, as well as support for parents who may be unable to help their children with homework.

Likewise, Cherokee’s homework club has been serving students since 2014 and sees about 55 students per week. Volunteers help with all subject areas and students have access to iPads and computers, should they need internet access. “They can work with each other to discuss their ideas and areas they are struggling with on assignments,” said Principal Valerie Montgomery. “Overall, it is a positive learning environment for these kids, and the volunteers too.”