Leadership at both the middle school and the foundation are excited about increasing the impact of the program targeted to sixth through eighth grade students, but in order to do that they need more hands on deck.
The Morris Educational Foundation has asked that community members who are interested in tutoring to participate. In addition to those who are able to tutor language arts, the MEF is making a special request for those who can tutor math.
Last year, more than 30 tutors worked with approximately 50 children in both language arts and mathematics instruction. This year, the program will be offered afterschool during the hours of 2:30 to 4 p.m.
“The support that tutors provide is invaluable in helping our students improve their academic skills, which translates into overall increased academic success. The tutors represent positive and successful role models who encourage our students to establish high expectations and meaningful goals for themselves,” FMS Principal Mark Manning said. “It is heartwarming to see the excitement in our students when they know that a neighbor in the community really cares about them.”
The community tutoring project originated two years ago when the Visionary Planning Board of FMS discussed ways to raise the NJ ASK test results for middle school students who fell just below the passing grade of 200 or just above it. In response, the MEF identified a group of community volunteers willing to tutor the students in language arts and math.
The MEF is now enrolling additional tutors in preparation for fall training sessions and is accepting applications. Those interested in applying to tutor language arts and/or math, should email the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.