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Local Education

February 19, 2014

Church Street Commons seeks tutors, mentors

ALEXANDRIA — The formative years in a child's life are crucial to his overall well-being. A person's love and support could be the difference between a child who grows up with enough self-confidence to graduate from high school and become a productive member of society or a child who grows up thinking he can't accomplish anything, who takes a sad and difficult path into society. Often the frustrations that lead to dropout could be avoided with some extra one-to-one support.

For 12-plus years Church Street Commons ministries has provided Christian volunteers to local schools to help young students who are struggling. By giving one hour per week, not only can a person help a child progress in his/her education, but also provide friendship, encouragement and stability in their life, a spokesman said in a press release.

A person does not have to be a licensed teacher to tutor a child. If you can read, write and do elementary math, if you have a heart for kids, you can help one little boy or girl, said Scott Owens. One hour, one day per week, at 3 p.m.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should call Owens at 623-5380.

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