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Tutoring makes a big difference in academic effort for students

From left, Syd'nee Fryer of Give Every Child A Chance's mentor/tutor program was among the second trimester graduates Monday. She received her certificate of accomplishment by program director Jami...

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 6, 2010 3:22 a.m.
Students will sometimes dread the day report cards come home.

Not so for these 10 youngsters of Give Every Child A Chance’s Mentor / Tutor program. Thanks to good grades, they were among those graduating from the program during a brief recognition ceremony Monday held at the Antone E. Raymus Education Center.

They had made substantial improvement since the beginning of the school year – some were there based on last year’s third-trimester report cards, according to GECAC program director Jamie Anderson – going from a “D” or “F” in a major subject area to that of any grade higher than a “C.”

The major subject areas, for example, consisted of math, reading, writing, and language arts.

The mentors are community volunteers. Together with the Manteca Unified School District, they provide those students struggling in the classroom with the opportunity to improve academically while becoming successful lifelong learners.

In this case, that’s also part of the GECAC mission statement.

From here, the students graduating from this program are free to go on their own. “Two or three have already asked to volunteer as tutors,” Anderson said.

Many of the volunteers are proud to be making a difference.

The recent graduates included: Madisyn Kaskewsky (Alexandra Grygo, mentor), Breanna Allen (Ashley Andeola), Jayden Mahler (Dana Vanderlipe), Mariel Diaz (Kimberly Hetrick), Syd’nee Fryer (Justin Linn),  Brandon Emens (Hoang Bien), Carlos Perez (Sarabjot Singh),  Ildefonso Bettencourt (Luis Sopon), Dustin Alfaro (Jonathan Guillen), and Natalie Marquez (Jasmine James).

“Today marked a special occasion,” Anderson said.

She added that students have been in the program since the beginning of the school year.

“From here, students currently on a waiting list will be pulled into the program,” said Anderson.

If you would like to volunteer to make a difference in a child’s life all it takes is two hours a week around your scheduling on Monday-Wednesday or a Tuesday-Thursday. For more information call Give Every Child a Chance at 825-7003.
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