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Bowl-a-thon more than just knocking down pins

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POSTED February 9, 2009 4:15 a.m.
Every child needs a second chance — a second chance to learn.
There is a unique educational opportunity in Manteca, Ripon and Lathrop that has kept many students from falling through the cracks — Give Every Child a Chance.
A fund raising Bowl-A-Thon is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28. It’s more than just knocking down pins for your team and out bowling the competitors.
It’s about picking up kids that have lost their way in the classroom or who have been knocked down by society. It’s about picking them up and setting them straight and tall through one-one-one tutoring and mentoring.
There are so many reasons a child either doesn’t learn or doesn’t want to learn in school. The blame reaches far and wide from simple circumstance to family to negative peer pressure - not being one of the guys if you get good grades. Most often the children just need more time with a teacher to understand what they didn’t process totally in the classroom.
Despite the downturn in the economy, supporting the Give Every Child a Chance movement is so very important to the future of many otherwise forgotten children in and around our community. Before Antone Raymus founded the program many students were lost in the fog of frustration — they often just didn’t get it — and that snowballed into greater failure.
The event is much like many other fund raisers where the participants find family and friends to support them as a participant - as a bowler in this case - with at least $50 in pledges. There are five bowlers per team and it promises to be a fun-filled day now in its tenth year.
Bowling times are set between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. at the Manteca Bowl and Family Fun Center on Yosemite Avenue.
The current statistics have proven out the program works for the more than 2,000 area students enrolled at church and school sites throughout the community and in Lathrop as well.
The One-on-One Mentor/Tutoring program offers focused tutoring in various subjects for students who are receiving one or more below average grades.
The Homework Assistance Program offers a group setting for students who can work independently but who need some guidance.
The After School Advantage Program is held three hours after school offering students one hour of help with their homework mixed with enrichment activities and physical education.
The Computer Assisted Instructional Training has students using computers to improve math and reading comprehension skills during the summer months.
The Summer Drop In Program allows students to continue their tutoring sessions throughout the summer.
The Technology Outreach Program is held in a renovated solar powered school bus that houses a mobile technology lab where students use computers to learn about technology.
For more information, call Give Every Child a Chance at 825-6255.
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