Tutoring booths welcome Columbia families to parent fair

Sarah Fretwell smiles politely to a handful of parents as they wander the booths at Derby Ridge Elementary. Derby Ridge is just one of multiple Columbia schools to showcase tutoring options this week.



Supplemental Educational Services set up booths  at 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Derby Ridge Elementary School. Various tutoring services are visiting Columbia elementary schools this week as a chance for parents to get the scoop on tutoring resources for their children.

Each of the tutoring programs is federally funded. A brochure for Spartan Tutuoring quoted the U.S. Department of Education:

“Every child in America deserves a high-quality education. No Child Left Behind, the historic education law, provides for the extra help students need to do well in school.”

The tutoring focuses on strengthening reading and mathematics skills.

Thirty programs are offered to address each student’s unique situation including in-home, online services and school-based, after-school programs.

Sarah Fretwell, representative of Accuracy Temporary Services, described her organization’s in-home services as a convenient choice. Each child receives a laptop loaded with educational software and works at his or her own pace. If students have a question, they press a button to chat live with a tutor.

Spartan Tutoring is an option of the after-school variety that meets twice weekly for 1 1/2-hour sessions. One of the tutors, Jill Hughes, has been a teacher for 26 years, a principal for seven and math tutor for three.

“All our tutors are certified teachers,” Hughes said.

The programs are offered at no cost if the student:

  • Attends a Title 1 elementary school that has not made Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more years.
  • Receives free or reduced lunch.

If you missed the Parent Fair, make sure to check your kids’ backpacks. Students were sent home with a bright yellow form to sign up for a program that suits them. The forms are due Friday, Sept. 10.

For more information about Supplemental Educational Services, visit the website.


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