By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew
For the second year in a row, Access! Remedial Tutoring, a program of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, will hold free tutoring sessions for economically disadvantaged K-8 students in the Dallas metroplex school districts of Plano and Frisco.
Pastor Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, Inside The Pew, and Pew Talk Radio, said last summer five students took part in the two-month program, which was held at a Plano-area library.
“Students in the program will have access (hence the name) to volunteer tutors with the appropriate education in the subjects they tutor. For instance, math tutors possess engineering, computer science, or math degrees,” he said.
“We want to have people who understand the subjects 100 percent because we don’t want to confuse students; we want to help them to become competent. Grades aside, have the desire to see students achieve success in the classroom.”
Tutoring sessions begin Monday, Oct. 15, and are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For tutoring locations, to become a tutor, or to enroll a child in the program email Muse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaces are limited for sessions; therefore, Muse suggests contacting her as soon as possible to secure a spot. Volunteers who are 17 and younger must receive parental permission to tutor, and all tutors 18 and older must undergo a criminal background and character reference checks.
To qualify for K-8 tutoring services, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:
- Be a student in a Title I campus as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
- Have a family income that does not exceed the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for family size
- Qualify for free or reduced lunch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program), Medicaid, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), subsidized housing (Section 8)
- Receive court-ordered child support through the Texas Attorney General’s Office
Visit www.accesstutoring.org to learn more about this program.
Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries is a tax-exempt charity founded by Muse in 1998 in Maringouin, La.