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A new resource will soon be available to students in Elmwood.

Frontier College is slated to start up a free homework club for youths aged 10 to 15 at the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre located at 575 Larsen Ave.

Rhonda Taylor, the college’s regional manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, expects the weekly program to start up in mid-January and run until the end of May. Notices will be posted at the centre and at local schools when dates are finalized.

The club is tailored to a student’s specific needs, such as studying for a test, tackling a project or completing day-to-day assignments. Taylor said the aim of the club is to make learning enjoyable.

 "We end the day on a fun note," she said. "Kids have already been in school all day, so to ask them to come to homework club, which they may see as another hour at school, may be a turn-off," she said.

Taylor stressed that the club’s environment will be a student-centred one in which tutors identify the needs of each student and develop a lesson plan to support the student.

"We don’t have a set curriculum or a manual that we give to our tutors where if you turn all the pages in the manual and do all these things, you will have helped your student," she said.

"We want our tutors to get to know their learners and then develop a lesson plan based on the needs and the interests and the strengths of the learners."

The club is expected to attract a number of student tutors from Elmwood High School, which has a community volunteering program. Community members interested in volunteering are also welcome to apply.

Potential tutors must fill out an application form, complete an interview and submit a reference check. Volunteers 18 or older must pass a police record check while those who are 16 or 17 must complete an additional reference check and will be supervised on-site by a Frontier College staff member.

Before working with students, all tutors will have to complete approximately five hours of training.

Tutors will try to work with the students one-on-one, but if that’s not possible, they will meet with a tutor in groups of no larger than three students.

The new club will work alongside other programs of Frontier College, which has its offices in St. Boniface. Its other local works include homework clubs based out of the Millennium Library and Acadia Junior High School in Fort Richmond and a reading circle at Flora House in the North End.

The new club is Frontier College’s second partnership with the EECLC. A visual storytelling class was introduced there earlier this year.

Potential tutors and students can find more information at www.frontiercollege.ca.

dan.falloon@canstarnews.com

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