CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dozens of students on a waiting list for tutoring sessions in the extended learning program at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School will get those sessions, thanks to a grant from the American Federation of Teachers.
The $10,000 grant will provide more teachers to staff the enrichment program and will be enough to sustain it through the school year, said Mary Snow Principal Mellow Lee.
"With federal funding we receive, we could pay for three tutors a day, but there was no way we could do it a full year," Lee said. "Now we can."
The after-school program, implemented last year, offers students an extra hour of instruction in addition to recreational activities and free dinner.
More than 50 students are already a part of the program, with more than 75 on the waiting list.
"The tutoring segment of the program is hands-on in small groups, to focus on student needs. It's directed toward each student to zone in on what they have trouble with, and we've seen a real difference in students just from that extra time and opportunity each day," Lee said.
The program is especially beneficial to at-risk students, Lee said. Nearly 100 percent of the elementary school's students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and the program, which lasts through 6 p.m. each day, helps working parents.