Princeton Times


November 9, 2012

Students improve grades with help of CU tutors

PRINCETON — When the school day ends at Melrose Elementary, Ethan Parsons, a student in Mrs. Cox’s class, does not head home. Instead, Parsons walks to the school’s cafeteria, where every Monday and Wednesday, Concord University students help tutor the children.

Parsons was planning on working on his homework Wednesday afternoon. Before he started, he said that he was going to work on his math homework. Parsons said that his class was working on “measuring stuff.”

Then, he agreed that his grades have risen because of the program.

He’s not the only person that’s pleased with the program, though. Melrose Principal Ernestine Battlo took a few minutes from her hectic day (one of the teachers was out for the day and a mix-up led to the students not being called to the buses at the normal times) and said the she, too, was impressed.

“We’ve just been so impressed with the number of kids that have come out for this,” Battlo said before rounding up another bunch of kids for a bus.

Later, Concord University Professor Andrea Campbell, who’s the director of the Melrose site, explained that a similar program started last year at Athens School. Due to high parent demand, Campbell said the program was expanded to Melrose.

Then, she explained that Concord Elementary Educa-tion students come to the school Monday and Wednes-day to help the students. It gives the students a chance to get some real life experience helping children learn.

Teachers and parents can work with the Concord students like Ashley Fury to shore up weak areas.

As children started to find their way into the cafeteria, Fury said the tutoring program gave her a chance to practice and she was there to assess the needs and help the students learn.

Fury added that she wanted to teach preschool aged children. Before she could say more though, she was bombarded with requests from students.

As the Concord students settled the younger children down, Battlo took a moment to look out over the cafeteria. All around, she must have seen pencils going up and down and students’ eyes deep into a book.  Then, she seemed to feel a little better about a hectic end to her day.

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