FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The school year is just getting underway but it is never too early to begin thinking about improving your child's grades.
Indiana's NewsCenter visited three local organizations Thursday afternoon where you can find free homework help.
"Praising God and serving others so we're always trying to find ways to serve the community. Help other people out." said North Highlands Center for Learning Executive Director Aaron Samra.
Aaron Samra is a former FWCS teacher.
He runs the North Highlands Center for Learning out of Grace Presbyterian Church at 1811 Fairhill Road in Fort Wayne.
The North Highlands Center for Leaning offers a free homework help program, Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The program will begin on Tuesday, September 6.
It is open to students in the 2nd through 12th grades.
Currently, 13 students are signed up.
However, Samra said the program has room for 12 more students.
The program has been around for three years.
It is staffed by three certified teachers.
They spend the first hour on your child's homework.
Then they spend the second hour playing sports, learning about fine arts or taking field trips.
"Because the schools are running out of so much money and stuff. They're not able to go on a lot of field trips and do a lot of those things there. So we're trying to offer them these opportunities here," explained Samra.
For more information call 260.426.4712.
"In recent years the program hasn't been used quite as much," said Ian McKinney, Assistant Manager of Young Adult Services at the Allen County Public Library.
The Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne also offers a free Homework Help program, Monday through Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
"By the way, you don't have to sign up. You can just drop in anytime between 6 and 8," added McKinney.
The program is for 6th through 12th graders.
It will take place in the Young Adult section on the 2nd floor.
The majority of volunteers have strong math and science background which are arguably the toughest subjects for middle and high school students.
The Homework Help program at the Allen County Public Library will begin on Monday, September 12.
For more information call 260.421.1255.
The Educational Opportunity Center at 3000 South Wayne Avenue in Fort Wayne also offers a free homework help program for 2nd through 12th graders.
The 2nd through 5th portion is called the STARS program, which meets Monday & Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Staff members from the Educational Opportunity Center will meet and walk with young students from nearby Fairfield Elementary School & South Wayne Elementary School.
The 6th through 12th grade After School Tutoring program meets Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
"All of our staff members that are here having college degrees. Our goal is to get students to colleges and graduate. The first step is getting them through elementary, middle school, high school," explained Educational Opportunity Center Assistant Program Director Nicole Trice.
Trice said staff members like to have about 20 students per tutoring section.
The 1st hour is spent on your child's homework.
The 2nd hour is usually set aside for enrichment work in subjects that your child may struggle with.
"Getting the extra help, the extra tutoring in school, gave me the opportunity to be able to further my life. We just want to pass that on to other students as well," continued Trice.
Tutoring programs at the Educational Opportunity Center will begin on Monday, September 19.
For more information call 260.745.5421.
Meanwhile, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana offers a fully staffed homework hotline.
•Tutors help students in grades 6-12.
•7 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
•Sunday - Thursday
•September - May
Call toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE.
For a link to the Rose Hulman Homework Hotline's website and other free resources, visit the related content section of this story.
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