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Councilwoman Hamilton encourages parents to apply for tutoring grants

Thursday September 1, 2005

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351

Students attending one of the 23 underachieving elementary and middle public schools in Jefferson County can receive free, in-home tutoring in math and reading.

Councilwoman Hamilton, in partnership with Metro Louisville Office of Youth Development and Supporting Our Community Kids School (SOCKS), is encouraging parents with children in the eligible schools to apply for the after-school supplemental educational instruction. The home-based tutoring is being offered by Newton Learning, an extended-learning provider.

Funding for the program is made available through the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The deadline for applying for the scholarships is Friday, Sept. 9.

Students will receive a total of 30 hours of free, one-on-one tutorial service, 2 hours a day for 15 weeks. The sessions will be held in home, as long as a parent or other adult is present, and the sessions can be scheduled any day of the week to provide maximum convenience.

"This is an incredible opportunity for parents to provide their children with the extra help they need to succeed," Hamilton said. "Many of our children who are falling behind are hurt not by a lack of ability but by a lack of necessary assistance and encouragement. This additional support can make a world of difference in helping our children reach their full potential."

"All a parent has to do is make a mental commitment to want their child to do better, and pledge to make the classes," said Shakaa Zulu, president of SOCKS.

Parents can pick up and return the application form between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Flaget and Loretto Achievement Center, 610 S. 44th St., or Councilwoman Hamilton's office, third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

Schools eligible for the scholarships include:

Elementary: Atkinson; Hazelwood; Maupin; Okolona; Portland; Sanders; Semple; and Wilt.

Middle: Carrithers; Conway; Farnsley; Frost; Iroquois; Knight; Lassiter; Meyzeek; Myers; Noe; Southern; Stuart; Thomas Jefferson; Western; and Westport.

For more information, parents can contact Councilwoman Hamilton's office at 574-1105 or SOCKS at 778-5660.

Sponsor(s)

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D)  5