Children reach their full potential learning & mentoring.
The community volunteers for the Math Mentoring program tutor fifth graders with math games, who in turn learn to tutor first graders in the games. All fifth graders from Oak Pointe met twice a month with their math mentor to play mind-stretching, thought-provoking games that engaged them academically.
A Team of Mentors
The adult-led groups were overseen by the school financial secretary, a former high school math teacher, the school’s computer technology assistant, a retired IRS agent and the math teacher for the Academically Gifted program at the school. Retired IRS agent Stacy Smith said, “Without exception, the students were engaged and found the game to be enjoyable.” Fifth grade honors math teacher Craig Andrysczyk stated, “The fifth graders really responded to the opportunities to meet and work with the volunteer mentors who visited our school”. All in all, the small group mentoring program challenged and enriched the students at the highest level of learning.
Students Taking Other Students Under Their Wing
The student-led groups began three months after the adult led groups began. Fifth grade children delighted in assuming the roles of mentors to their first grade counterpart. The feelings were mutual.
Successful, Fun Learning
“It is wonderful to watch all of the math going on in my classroom, as well as seeing all of the smiles!”
–First grade teacher Denise Williams
“Youth tutoring youth builds a strong bond and creates such wonderful community within our school, and this grant has provided that experience and those relationships in abundance,” administrators from Oak Pointe wrote. The entire success of this project is best summed up by the words of first grade teacher April Gaura, who said,
“It was hands-on, fun learning! Having the fifth graders serve as the leaders, gave my students positive role models to emulate. I believe it was a great exercise in leadership and responsibility for the fifth graders.”
“Thanks again for making this opportunity possible for the boys and girls at Oak Pointe Elementary. It is organizations like yours that make teaching and learning come to life. We appreciate your kindness and generosity,” wrote Oak Pointe administrators.