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Kinney Program Partners with Our Children – Our Future to Place Tutors in Memphis City Schools

Publication Date: 9/20/2010

The Rhodes Kinney program once again is partnering with the Our Children – Our Future volunteer program to provide tutoring in Memphis City Schools. Training will be held at Rhodes on September 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The partnership with Our Children – Our Future will allow Rhodes students to complete training and become either math or reading tutors in local elementary and middle schools.

Libby Feaster ’11 is the Kinney site coordinator for Our Children – Our Future. The Kinney program has worked at Cypress Middle School for the past two years placing between 15-25 Rhodes tutors at Cypress.

“I think it’s really important for Rhodes students to continue this,” says Catherine Appleton ’11, who tutors at Cypress.  “I’ve tutored students who are struggling in their classes, and so it definitely makes me feel like I’m doing something good.”

Rhodes tutors also work at Springdale and Snowden Elementary schools and occasionally at Central High School. Feaster says that she hopes the minimal time commitment required by tutors will be attractive. “We only need them for an hour a week because we want to get as many people as we can to help as many kids as we can.”

At the September 21 training, Rhodes students will be introduced to Memphis City Schools and the tutoring process. After a general information session, students will split up into four groups.

“We prepare people for different situations that might come up,” says Feaster. “We go over different boundaries, along with the sorts of things we can help students with.”

Feaster adds that one of the reasons she has continued with the program is that she believes adequate resources and outside help can make a difference in a child’s education.

Barbara Dawson, who is in charge of Our Children – Our Future for Memphis City Schools, coordinates tutoring and training with the Kinney program. She says Rhodes tutors have a multifaceted impact on the students with whom they work in the schools.

“Our Children – Our Future has enjoyed a tremendous benefit from the Kinney Program in large part due to the age, enthusiasm and abilities of the Rhodes students who participate,” says Dawson. “When [the Memphis City Schools students] study with the Rhodes students, they gain both information from the lessons, as well as initiative from the example set by Kinney participants.”

For more information, contact Libby Feaster at feaea@rhodes.edu.

(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Lucy Kellison ′13)

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