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February 15, 2014

Tutor trio: Girl Scout troop provides helping hand with homework

NEW CASTLE — A threesome of Girl Scouts from Troop 10362 found a way to complete a community service project.

It means not sleeping in on Saturdays. But Kyana Lambright, Larissa Butch and Sarah Richardson don’t mind.

The three friends, who are eighth graders at Mohawk High School, are tutoring elementary students at the F.D. Campbell Memorial Library in Bessemer. Together, they are the Homework Helpers.

For the younger ones, learning is more like fun because there are educational games to help with spelling and math, and books to improve reading skills.

Sarah found a cozy corner to settle in with her student, Aiden Dominick, who started reading out loud from one book. When he finished, he reached for another on the bookshelf.

Meanwhile, Kyana and Larissa worked one-on-one, too, with their students, Caden Butch and Katelin Kroesen.

“Sound it out,” Larissa advised to Caden.

Before that, the Scouts played Word on the Street with the three elementary students.

“It’s a word game that helps with reading and spelling,” said Wendy Butch, Larissa’s mom. Butch is in charge of this particular project and Jen Bright is the troop leader.

About every 20 minutes, there was a quick break and then another activity.

Sometimes there are flash cards and math games, and each session consists of three or four different activities.

“My favorite subject is math so I enjoy working with the kids,” Sarah said.

Kyana noted she also likes interacting with little kids “because I can relate to them.”

“There’s more pressure on kids for testing and it’s important for them to do well,” Larissa pointed out. “Sometimes it’s harder to get help.”

That’s where Homework Helpers, which also meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and will run to the end of the school year, is beneficial.

“And if they have something at school they are having trouble with, they can bring it in and the girls can help them,” said Tina Lambright, Kyana’s mom, who usually attends every Saturday along with Kathy Isaac, Sarah’s mother.

The Scouts have completed their bronze award and they will earn the silver award for completing 50 hours of community service through the Homework Helpers project.

This is the first year for the tutoring program, but “The goal is to keep this going as a project,” Butch said. “Others in the troop also have to do a community service project and each level gets more complicated. After this, these three will be working on the gold award.”

For the silver project, someone in the community was needed to act as a mentor and direct the overall program.

Kyana, Larissa and Sarah came up with the idea of Homework Helpers and called Amanda Musko, library assistant, who approached the library board for permission. Musko then became the mentor and helped organize the tutoring program, Butch said.

“Sometimes it’s easier for us to reach them than for an adult,” Sarah said. “We’re older but not too old to be boring. It’s fun but they are learning.”

(Email: lhudson@ncnewsonline.com.)

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