Thursday, December 18, 2003

Tutors making it as simple as A-B-C for pupils



Allen Howard

After 30 years as a high school teacher, Wendell Matthews found it wasn't easy to walk away.

Well, he really hasn't. He is back in school, working with kindergarten-age students, tutoring them on reading.

"This is my third year. I really enjoy being around the kids this age,'' said the 69-year-old retired West Chester teacher. "I go over the alphabet with them. I try to get them to relax and get used to being around an older man. Most of the time at that age, they are around women teachers.''

Matthews is part of the Ohio Reads program at Hopewell Elementary School, West Chester.

The program is headed by literacy teacher Pam Hackman. Sharon Elbert, the volunteer coordinator of the program, matches tutors with students.

"We have about 53 students in the program and 27 tutors,'' Elbert said. "The tutors are able to come in during the school day, take an hour or half an hour to read with the students. We take tutors from college level through senior citizens age.''

Anyone interested in tutoring can call Elbert at 777-6128.

Hospital gets $100,000

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will be the recipient of $100,000 from Hyundai Motors of America.

Paul Lamb, merchandising manager, said the funds are collected by the Hyundai Dealers Association from Hyundai's regional offices.

"For each car sold, $3 goes to the association. That money is split, with $2 per car sold going to fight pediatric cancer at the Jimmy Fund in Boston and a dollar to a hospital facility," Lamb said. "The Cincinnati dealerships are part of the 13-state Central Region."

He said the association tries to choose hospitals with top-level research and top-level patient care. This is the third year Hyundai has given the award. Lamb said another $100,000 will be awarded to a hospital next year.

Marty Betagole of Superior Hyundai-Fairfield said all Hyundai dealers in this area worked to get the award for Children's.

The $100,000 will be presented to the hospital at the 2004 car show, Feb. 25-29.

Community service cited

Two residents, a teen council and a Xavier University professor were honored by the Evanston Community Council last week for community service efforts.

Honorees were Anzora Adkins, a board member of the council; the Rev. Peterson Mingo, pastor of Christ Temple Full Gospel Church; the Evanston Teen Youth Council, a group of nine young men and women who work on community service projects; and Tom Schick, an associate professor in the department of communication arts at Xavier University, who involved his students in the Evanston community.

Animals uplift for needy

Acts of kindness are spreading throughout the Tristate during the holiday season, much of it in the form of clothing, food and toy drives for needy families.

Ruth Young is leading the Heifer Project a the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.

In connection with Heifer International, a refuge for hungry families around the world, the program is helping struggling families become self-reliant by providing food- and income-producing animals in their care.

Young said anyone can participate by purchasing specific animals such as chicks, sheep, rabbits, beehives, guinea pigs, llamas, goats, donkeys, ducks, pigs, buffalo or cows.

"When they receive animals from the church, they learn new ways of managing animals, keeping records, preserving the environment and marketing animal products,'' Young said.

To participate, call 533-3042 or 871-1345.

Princeton collects food

Students in the National Honor Society at Princeton and the Junior High School Student Council collected more than two tons of food along with household items last week for local charities.

They created in-house television advertisements, promoting the drive and seeking gift certificates from local businesses.

The food and household items were donated to Mercy Franciscan Foodbank.




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