Free tutoring program in Richmond Co. helps low-income families

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jonathan Thomas and Jaylee Wyatt have been a part of a tutoring program for six months. They love the program and say it is really helping them in school.

"When I saw my report card, I'm like wow, I had a B average," Thomas said.

He is in the fifth grade and his mom, Thereshia Wyatt, said the improvement has been huge.

"He was making D's and F's and shot up to C's and B's," she said.

They have both been attending Sunshine Tutoring and Learning Center, one of 33 companies that provide free tutoring through the program.

"I'm a low-income mother and have two kids who were at the time struggling and I did not have to pay anything. That helps me out a lot," Wyatt said.

Students at 16 schools are eligible to be part of the program. All 16 are schools that did not make AYP last year.

Georgette Magwood works with the Supplemental Education Services program. She said that the tutoring program helps students learn, grow and do better on their CRCT's. That in turn helps the schools make AYP.

"Making AYP is an ongoing process, but if we give the children those skills and they develop those skills over the years, the children are gonna get better each year," Magwood said.

The program is available for students of all ages.

Pantoja Allen is a senior at Butler High School who has been working with the program for about a year. She said that with the help of the program, she has gone from making F's to all A's.

On Friday, she celebrated making the honor roll, a huge accomplishment that she attributes to the tutoring she has received at Sunshine Tutoring and Learning Services.

"When I finish my work before everybody else, I go around and help everybody else and now I'm the one people are asking for help and it feels great," she said.

Last year the program helped 1,500 students. This year, more than 4,000 have already signed up.

All students at the following schools are eligible for the tutoring program:
Spirit Creek Middle
Bayvale Elementary
Sego Middle
Diamond Lakes Elementary
Morgan Road Middle
Jamestown Elementary
Meadowbrook Elementary
Tobacco Road Elementary

Students receiving free or reduced lunch at the following schools are eligible for the tutoring:
Butler High
Langford Middle
Jenkins-White Elementary
Glenn Hills High
Murphy Middle
Hornsby K-8
Josey High
Barton Chapel Elementary

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