The Whiz Kids were honored with certificates and medallions (Source: WALB)
Lee Don has been with the program for all 10 years (Source: WALB)
The Key to the program is the relationship between mentor and student (Source: WALB)
Gail Solomon is the Alice Coachman elementary principal. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Albany elementary school students were honored today as they graduated from Whiz Kids. Today's ceremony was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church where the tutoring program started 10 years ago.
"We started with one site at Covenant at Magnolia," recalled Whiz Kids tutor Lee Don. "We now work with Alice Coachman, but we have probably about eight sites we currently have."
More than 1,000 kids have come through the program. Schools select students who need a little extra help with math and reading. The principal of Alice coachman elementary says the results speak for themselves.
"When you look at student individual growth you can see more growth in the students who have went through the Whiz Kids program," said Principal Gail Solomon. "Because they have more one on one tutorial."
Mentors say the key to lifting children up, is the relationships they build. Each mentor stays with the same child throughout the year.
Children are rewarded for perfect attendance if they show up for every Wednesday session at sites coordinated by area churches. First Monumental Faith is the newest church on the growing list.
"This is just adding another piece to the puzzle of helping children to actually progress as well as they should in this society," said the site coordinator for First Monumental, Eugenia Weston.
"If you want to change the world, or I want to change the world we can't," reminded Don. "One person can't. But we really do believe that one person can make a difference on child at a time."