Tutors, kids benefit in Detroit
The two are 20 miles apart, but connected by headphones and laptop computers. Software from Innovations for Learning’s TutorMate program is making the session possible.
Seven-year-old Daniel Estrella-Rodriguez “meets” twice a week with Tracie Zettler, of GM. She’s one of 120 volunteers working with IFL in the Detroit
The twice-weekly tutoring has improved the 7-year-old’s ability to read — from 14 to 35 words a minute. It also has benefited Zettler, who has donated her time to other causes such as Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.
“I love to help people and I love to volunteer,” said Zettler, a logistics planner at GM. “I have butterflies when we talk. I feel like I want to hug him. And he tries so hard.”
Daniel, a quiet boy with brown hair and an easy smile, said, “Miss Tracie helps me sound out a word if I don’t know it” and she “tells me that I’m good and that I’m paying attention.”
At GM, the program is so popular there’s a waiting list for would-be tutors.
The second-grader’s teacher tells the News’ Jennifer Chambers that the 30-minute tutoring sessions, which began in October, have helped him beyond improving his ability to read.
“I’ve seen an increase in his self-esteem,” said teacher Cecelia Ly. “They get special time with someone who cares about them. It makes them feel special.”
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photo: The Detroit News
Posted on February 6, 2013, in IFL, Innovation, Philanthropy, Reading, Teaching, Technology, TutorMate, Volunteering and tagged Bennett Elementary School, Cecelia Ly, Dan Weisberg, Detroit, Detroit News, Detroit School District, General Motors, Habitat for Humanity, IFL, Innovation, Innovations For Learning, Jennifer Chambers, Reading, Special Olympics, Teaching, Technology, Tutor, TutorMate, Volunteer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.