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Saturday Tutoring Program at Church of the Covenant begins 21st year

Nicholas Knoske

Issue date: 9/24/10 Section: News
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Members of the CWRU community learn how to play educational games at the Church of the Covenant's tutor training this past Saturday. The Church of the Covenant has provided tutoring to Cleveland students grades 1 through 12 for the past 20 years.
Members of the CWRU community learn how to play educational games at the Church of the Covenant's tutor training this past Saturday. The Church of the Covenant has provided tutoring to Cleveland students grades 1 through 12 for the past 20 years.
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Even at 10 a.m., Cleveland's Church of the Covenant attracted more than 100 volunteers from Case Western Reserve University and the greater Cleveland community this past Saturday, when it held its annual training session for new volunteer tutors. The training will prepare volunteers for participation in the church's weekly Saturday Tutoring Program, which has helped hundreds of young people over the course of its 20 year history.

"I volunteer because it's an easy way to make a difference," said tutor Kyle Berkowitz, who is in his third year at CWRU. "It's a valuable experience for the tutor to interact with the students and take a little piece of them home as well."

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on most Saturday mornings and is often constituted by a farrago of CWRU students, community volunteers, and students in grades 1-12. It strives to provide one-on-one tutoring in a variety of academic subjects, including mathematics, reading, the sciences, and even test preparation for the Ohio graduation exams.

According to Berkowitz, the specialized attention each student receives is one of the program's most valuable assets. "There aren't many other opportunities in life where another person is completely focused on you," he said. "The one-on-one experience is special for those being tutored becuse it isn't something that people experience often. It feels good to be the center of attention for a little bit each week."

Placing the individual student at the center of attention has been a primary goal of the program since its inception in 1990, but a sudden rise in popularity threatened that goal when the church began receiving more students than it was able to provide individualized attention for. This, say co-directors Linda Wilson and Louise Steele, is why CWRU volunteers continue to be a "very important" part of the program.
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