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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kudos to our Homework Helpers

For several years now, Liberty High School National Honor Society students and the Bealeton branch library have had a happily synergistic relationship. To meet their community service requirement, NHS members offer Homework Help (formerly entitled Tutoring) to school-age children. In return, the library promotes the program and provides the space for the students to work.

As word has spread to local elementary and middle schools, the program has grown and thrived. Often seven to ten families drop in for the sessions and a half dozen tutors eagerly wait to assist. Students are encouraged to bring specific school work that they need help with and in they come with math sheets, language arts assignments and history projects in hand. The tutors always give excellent one-on-one assistance to the younger students with kindness and skill. Some of the tutors are even proficient in Spanish and have been invaluable helping our Hispanic patrons.

It is so gratifying to see this much-needed service being taken advantage of. And it’s great that NHS tutors not only gain the satisfaction of helping their community but also earn volunteer hours that boost their job and college applications. So here’s a shout out to our wonderful NHS volunteer tutors – past, present and future – for the great work they do for the patrons of the Bealeton library!

Homework Help is offered 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bealeton branch library throughout the school year when school is in session. Free; drop-in.

Other news from Reading Riot - Reading Riot is moving! This will be last post published here - all future posts will be available on the Fauquier County Public Library's redesigned website. You can also find tons of other great information – book reviews, staff recommendations, program highlights and other library tools. Please check it out! 

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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