Feeding the mind, body: Tutoring/supper program kicks off at Schickler Elementary

On Tuesday afternoon, 36 students stayed after school to take part in a supper/tutoring program at Schickler Elementary. The students, mostly in first and second grade, received a light supper before breaking off into groups for tutoring. The program is slated to run twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 90 minutes.

Schickler Principal Ken Janczarek couldn’t say enough about the dedication of the volunteers who are giving of their time to make a difference in the lives of students.

“For these students, this is just one more opportunity to offer additional support of targeted instruction above and beyond what they are already receiving during the school day,” Janczarek said.

At least 10 professionally-trained tutors from the Family Literacy Center in Lapeer were on hand to provide one-on-one tutoring to students in of individualized help. Several other Schickler staff members gave of their time to read to small groups of students, and to facilitate students needing time in the computer lab. FLC tutors will be working with Schickler students for the next six weeks. After that, the goal is to keep the program running with tutors from the District.

“This program is a microcosm of what our District is all about,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “We want to meet the needs of our students where they are, providing them with a comfortable environment to feed their minds and bodies. As a District, we are very fortunate to have an abundance of people who have an active desire to have a positive impact on the lives of students.”

The Family Literacy Center is a non-profit organization that offers programs designed to help Lapeer County families who are concerned about the level of literacy in their homes. Over the years, the organization has expanded to lend a helping hand in school buildings as well. FLC has about 100 volunteers who give of their time to teach and spread awareness about literacy. They also provide training for anyone who wants to become a certified tutor. FLC is funded almost exclusively by local donations and grants

The meals are funded through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and are meant to be a part of off-hours educational enrichment activities. On Tuesday, the students had sliced turkey sandwiches with carrots, apples and chocolate milk.

Click here to see photos from Tuesday afternoon at Schickler.

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