The Concerned Citizen of Russellville/Logan County tutoring program is in desperate need of volunteers.
Dorris Vick, the director of the program, says that she currently has about five good, dedicated volunteer tutors, but she needs about double that number to really make a good difference with some of the children.
“We’ve got some kids coming to the tutoring that are in special education and some of the others just aren’t reading as well as they should be,” Vick said. “We really need some extra volunteers so that we can give these kids the one-on-one help that they need.”
The tutoring program meets every Tuesday and Thursday night at the KP Hall from 4:30-6 p.m.
It is free and open to any child who needs help in school.
“There are a lot of these kids that have serious problems with reading - and it just breaks my heart,” Vick said. “We asked the kids last year to raise their hand if they had trouble reading, and the majority of them raised their hand.”
Last year the Concerned Citizens helped 36 children through the tutoring program and averaged about 24 kids each night they opened the doors to KP Hall.
In the past, they have been able to pay a certified teacher to come in and help lead the tutoring program.
Not this year, though.
Since there’s no money, all the tutoring will be done strictly by volunteers.
That’s okay, because volunteers have always been the lifeblood of the program.
Vick said that seeing the children’s success stories is one of the most rewarding parts of the program.
“Their teachers would write letters about how they’re improving and they would bring those and show us and be so proud of them,” Vick said.
If anyone would like to use the tutoring program, but doesn’t have a way there, Vick said Concerned Citizens will provide transportation to and from KP Hall.