VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Monday afternoon, Bettye McClendon put up some final decorations inside 601 North Lee Street ahead of the opening of a new after school tutoring program there designed to help Kindergarten through Fifth Graders who are falling behind in the classroom.
"The way we do that is to try to meet their academic needs in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics," said McClendon, Chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women's Education Committee.
The program was created by the Valdosta chapter of the NCNW.
Retired educators will be working with the students' teachers to determine exactly what the student needs to work on."For example, Reading," McClendon explained. "Is it the vowel sounds, phonetics? Whatever that skill is, if he or she would indicate it on the sheet, we will use that as our guide to help this child."
McClendon, a retired educator herself, said the ultimate goal of the program is to help the students achieve their full potential and become more competitive in the classroom.
"That it will help them to build more confidence in themselves, that they will be able to perform better and compete better with their classmates," McClendon emphasized.
But the students won't be the only ones getting tutored.
"We're going to have workshops with parents, to teach them how they can help their child with their homework," said McClendon.
She is currently looking for current or retired educators to volunteer with the program. You can sign up by calling 229-834-2610.
The program will run from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday until the school year ends in May. It is free and open to all students.