With schools closed and tutors dispersed, how do you maintain a one-on-one tutoring program during a pandemic? The NYAPC Community Club’s Core Council is working on several fronts to keep students connected and supported.
Stay-in-school scholarship checks continue to go out, and the council decided to keep paying student staff during this time. The club has also lent out its supply of Chromebooks to students who need them for school work, and the club’s math zone leader offers help from afar. On the creative front, the 2020 Spring Haiku contest is underway!
The heart of the club is the student-tutor relationship, more difficult to maintain at a distance. But tutors are keeping in touch with students by text, phone or email. Paul Dornan says he’s been sending his student word problems, “just to help him keep his edge,” and reaching out to former students and their families. And Molly Smith has developed a guide to support and encourage tutors to contact students and their families.
The end of the school year is a time of college acceptances and scholarships, awards and celebration. The club has already awarded $18,500 in Dornan college scholarships, with more scholarships from other sources still in process. And college-bound seniors and current collegians will get a chance to get together – via Zoom.
Meanwhile, the Club’s class leaders will review grade reports and make decisions about this year’s academic awards for students in all grades. And while there won’t be an Awards Ceremony in the sanctuary as in years past, Core Council is exploring ways to celebrate its students and tutors, including sharing tutor and senior reflections – always the highlight of each year’s ceremony.