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Unusual tutoring program a win-win for all

SHARON — Sharon Center School Librarian Judy Gafney and Louis Pressman (who is chaplain and instructor at The Hotchkiss School), saw a need in each school and worked together to fill it.Some Sharon students needed a little extra tutoring in some subjects. And a number of Hotchkiss students were looking for ways to volunteer in the community. Gafney and Pressman joined forces to develop a program that meets the needs of both sets of students.Hotchkiss students have been coming to Sharon in January and February to work on Wednesdays, one-on-one, with students who can benefit from a little extra assistance. The one-hour sessions were held in the library at SCS.Hotchkiss student Esther Woo said she volunteers as a tutor because, “I like getting out of the Hotchkiss bubble once in a while; plus, I really like kids.” Volunteer Andrew Williams said, “It’s great to reach out to the outside community and give back through community service.”Tutors and students are matched up according to individual needs and the high school student volunteers’ proficiencies in various subjects.There are currently 14 Sharon students and 14 Hotchkiss volunteers in the program.The Sharon students are in grades five through seven. “This has been a very successful program for students at both schools,” Gafney said. “Our students develop positive relationships with and look up to the older students.”

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