With the school year wrapping up in the next month, a lot of students are hitting the books for final exams and papers. If anyone needs help with any subject, the Clark County Library District will have teachers help tutor you for free.
Angela Wilborn started working with Belize 4 years ago, tutoring her after school at the local library. "When I first met Belize. she didn't even know her ABC's. Now she's reading chapter books. Very proud of her. She's come a long way."
Angela is one of the many after school tutors spread out at eight different libraries in our commuity serving more than 9,000 students for free.
Danielle Patrick Milam is the Director of Development and Planning for the Library District. She says, "The library district and all public libraries go on this model of free services, sharing talent and information. For us, it's an ideal program. We're able to offer this to local families who work so hard every day free so their kids will succeed in school and life."
That's what LaChel Burton is counting on. She brings her four kids and her grandson to the library for tutoring 3-4 times a week. "My kids love coming here. I don't have to make them. They ask me Mom are we going to tutoring after school?"
With such a busy house, LaChel says it would be impossible to help every kid with homework every night. And hiring a tutor would be difficult. "The after-school tutoring program is not available where I'm from in Michigan. If you want a tutor, it costs 20 an hour or higher."
The United Way helped finance this program five years ago. Back then it was mostly elementary kids taking advantage. That's changing as older students are realizing they can get qualified help. At the Rainbow Library where the Burtons are, tutoring is available 3-7pm Monday through Thursday. But each library may have different tutoring hours. Call your branch to inquire.
The Burtons say it's something everyone should take advantage of. "None of the kids in the valley should have bad grades or flunk because this program is free."