From WCS inFocus
More than 100 students at Summit High School participated in the Raise Your Hand tutoring program for United Way. That’s triple the number of students who volunteered last school year.
To celebrate their efforts, the volunteers were invited to a pizza party in the Summit High library.
“The great thing is that the two teachers who are over the National Honor Society promoted it,” said United Way Strategic Program Manager Sonya Johnson. “The students jumped on it. I had four schools open up this year. It was perfect. We were able to give at least five or six volunteers to each class.”
The volunteer tutors help in either math or reading classes to work one-on-one with the students using an instruction plan from the teacher. The program only asks for students to contribute one hour a week, but many choose to volunteer more of their time.
“I love the program because we work with kids in our community,” said Summit High Raise Your Hand volunteer captain Jessica Settlemire. “You work with them and you get to see them outside of school. You really get to foster kids who are in your sphere of interest.”
This is Jessica’s second year volunteering with the Raise Your Hand program. Last year she worked with third graders at Chapman’s Retreat Elementary, and this year she’s been working with fourth graders at Allendale Elementary.
“It’s so fun,” she said. “I love Raise Your Hand so much. Having so many of my friends do it is awesome. You are impacting the students. They are so special and so sweet, so there’s definitely some benefit for you as well.”