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Every Wednesday after school, a cadre of teachers from Rose Kidd Elementary in Sterling Heights, Michigan, treks to a mobile-home park to help some of the neediest students with their schoolwork. “It’s teaching at its purest,” says Helena Foust, who founded the seven-month-old volunteer program involving a handful of her colleagues. The group meets in the park’s clubhouse, where kids do their homework, review lessons, and play brain games. “It makes doing homework fun for them,” says Tina McGuffin, whose 9-year-old son, Jordan, concurs, adding, “My grades have improved. So I know it’s helping.” The idea is also catching on, as other schools in the Utica Community Schools district have started similar programs. And the timing, according to Rose Kidd’s principal, couldn’t be better. “Especially with all of the higher standards of achievement everyone is being asked to meet,” says Christopher Hammill, “some kids need an extra push.”

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What a wonderful group of teachers. Those kids probably enjoy getting homework knowing that help is on the way.

Super Idea! We are currently considering something like this for the summer. We have a large FEMA trailer community in our district and our city is planning on putting up a community center at the park. Would you be willing to share your techniques and lessons learned. Thanks!

Now there's thinking outside the box and some real dedication behind it. In a cynical age it's good to see teachers really going an extra mile.

Great News-our district received a grant to expand the program for the summer. We are one of 5 sites, some at the mobile home parks, some at the home schools. I am one of 13 teachers who meet with the kids Monday through Thursday to work on Reading, Writing and Math. It is great to be in and part of the community, supported by our district.

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