For over 22 years, Sierra Vista United Methodist Church has offered free tutoring to students of the nearby Huachuca Mountain Elementary School. As part of its outreach program, tutors and children in grades 1-6 meet once a week for work in areas teachers have identified in which students need help. The surprise and special bonus is that for students and tutors alike, this one-on-one tutoring produces a win-win situation.
It is not really a surprise that individual tutoring helps students, but the good news is that the tutors themselves are also the benefactors. Studies across the nation reveal there are distinct advantages for adult volunteers who work with children—and the interesting fact is that this is especially true for tutors over 60. In fact, research has shown that tutoring youngsters in areas such as reading and math may result in improved physical activity and mental health and even mitigate brain aging for the volunteers.
“We are so proud of our dedicated tutors and their special bond with their students. Students benefit from the one-on-one attention and interest of the tutors,” explains Hazel Fisher, one of the Helping Hands coordinators.
“As grateful as we are of our tutors for giving of themselves to help school children in our community, we are excited to learn that our tutors are indeed helping themselves to remain alert, healthy, and mentally acute,” she adds.
Since Helping Hands can only serve as many students as there are volunteers, any person interested in serving as a volunteer tutor or as a substitute tutor is invited to contact Hazel Fisher at 803-8984 or Dixie Lee Larson at 378-7079 or call the church office at 378-3352. Prior to actual tutoring, there is an orientation on September 15 at 2:15 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall; actual tutoring begins September 22, and runs from 2:15-3:45 every Tuesday that school is in session.
Because SVUMC practices a Safe Sanctuary program, all adults who work with children will undergo a background check. Forms are available at orientation or may be obtained from the church office.
Give Helping Hands Tutoring Ten Minutes of Your Time
Helping Hands Tutoring needs volunteers— persons in the congregation–or even friends– who might be willing to volunteer ten minutes for a special activity of your choice for our tutoring children. The time slot for this special activity is approximately from 2:30 -2:40 on Tuesdays that school is in session. The subject can be anything you choose: in the past we have had poetry recitations, story reading, interesting hobbies (rocks and fossils, button collecting), historical enactments, music, and “Critter Yoga,” to name only a few.
If you are willing to spend ten minutes with the children, sharing an activity of your choice, please give us a call.