Meeting, Learning and Understanding – The Homework Club
Under the Child and Youth Programs and Services, the Homework Club is a safe and nurturing place designed for students in the primary school system who would like to receive assistance with their assigned homework so as to improve their grade average throughout the school year. Other benefits of the program are increased self-esteem, social skills development and camaraderie. Funding is provided by the United Way through its Community Impact Fund Program. The students who attend the Homework Club benefit from the guidance provided by paid and volunteer tutors. The following is just one of the many success stories of students who have benefitted from attending the Homework Club.
I am Sydney Petrie, a grade 8 student at Bridlewood CES. I have been going to Homework Club for 3 years and I love it!
Homework Club has helped me turn 60’s into 70’s and some 70’s into 80’s. The teachers help me understand what I’m working on and I’m never afraid to ask for help. I’m in a routine now, and I look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I use Homework Club to help me plan my assignments so I can organize them to meet my due dates. I can use the computer and my assistive technology to help me. I have a Learning Disability. Homework Club helps me focus and rearrange my points so that my ideas make sense. They have lots of patience for my questions and how long it takes for me to get organized.
When I explain what I’m working on to the staff, they help me focus on my assignments. I can talk about my work and be sure I know what I need to do. They understand what I need and they help me get it. I always get my work done in time for my deadlines.
All the kids that go to Homework Club understand that I’m trying to get my work done and they respect it. The staff try to keep the club quiet and respectful. They help us work independently or with a partner, if we need it. It’s always important to get our work done well. That’s the goal of this club.
I feel smart when I go to Homework Club. I am getting 75’s and 80’s in all my classes. I know it’s hard for me to learn and I want to work hard. Homework Club has helped me get these marks. My friends are starting to come because they realize that I get all my work done and they want to get good marks too. I feel like I’m ready for grade 9 because I know how to get my work done well and be proud of it.
Thanks for being there for me and thanks for giving me what I need to feel ready for high school.