In April, students will take The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness(STAAR) test, so on Monday the Waco NAACP and many volunteers tutored students from struggling schools.
If students don't perform well on tests this year, their schools could possibly face closure.
The Waco NAACP started the Lean on Me Mondays Program in an effort to get students at J.H. Hines Elementary, Carver Park Middle School, and Indian Springs Middle School back on track. These schools have failed to meet state standards for five or more years. The Waco NAACP said they need about 100 volunteers to give the children the extra push to help them succeed.
“We want to motivate the children and encourage them and remind them that they have the ability to pass these test,” Waco NAACP President Dr. Peaches Henry said. “We think there's been a confidence gap in our schools, because of the narrative that our kids cannot learn, they cannot pass these test, and we know that's not true.”
Tutors will work with students on the objectives for each of the STAAR test subjects including, reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. They will tutor students from 3rd through 8th grade. They will also provide early learner prep for pre-k through second grade.
“The one thing that we are lacking is transportation,” Henry said. “We have many parents who are calling and they cannot get their children here because they do not he transportation. We need churches with vans to step up and volunteer. We are getting parents to sign permission slips so we are compliant in that way.”
The tutoring session will take place Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At the Dewey Park Recreation Center until March 26.