That's Why

Last night at the Lousion Center, a 7th grade girl named Alisha, asked if the tutors get paid to come and help them. I explained to her that the tutors volunteer their time to come and work the students. She said, “Why would people volunteer their time to work with kids. I would never do that.” The tutor Alisha was working with told her why she volunteers her time but the 7th grader still did not understand why people would do that.

During the second session I was working with 2 young students (K- girl and 1st- boy) because we were short tutors, when Alisha walked in. I asked her if she would like to join in the Bingo Sight Word game we were playing. She became the caller for the game as the younger students found their words on the bingo board. After the game she worked with the young boy and played a money game and I worked with the young girl reading a book. The two younger students enjoyed themselves during the tutoring session. 

Alisha stayed to help me clean up and put the resources away. I asked her if she had a good time tonight. She said,"Yes".  I looked at her and said with a smile, “That is why people volunteer their time to come here and work with the students.”

She looked at me and smiled.

Story submitted by Jackie Hylton, SOWMA Education Director

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