To celebrate the HWS Tutor Corps program and to welcome the start of a new semester, HWS tutors gathered for a spring launch at the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The event was attended by more than 50 Hobart and William Smith students who are tutors for kindergarten through eighth grade students from the Geneva City School District.
The evening was facilitated by the Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva Christopher Lavin ’81 and the Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers. Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12 offered remarks congratulating students on their dedication to working as educators and mentors in the Geneva community.
“Your work empowers and inspires Geneva elementary and middle school students, redoubling the foundational support of Geneva teachers and families and strengthens our entire community,” McGuire said. “You are putting into practice the values at the heart of Hobart and William Smith’s mission: citizenship, collaboration, leadership and service.”
In 2017, McGuire, professor emeritus of economics, conducted extensive research on the measured impact of the HWS Tutor Corps program on students’ performance in school as well as in other key indicators in child development. McGuire spoke to these noticeable changes in Geneva students in his remarks.
“Thank you all for the essential work you do in making Tutor Corps a success. And it is indeed essential. Reinforcing the academic skills and confidence, modeling what service looks like, offering a connection to the world of higher education, being a reliable source of guidance and advice — it is an essential, life-changing, community-lifting enterprise,” he said.
Collectively, 50 HWS Tutor Corps as well as 75 America Reads tutors engage young readers through twice weekly homework help and reading in the Geneva community – touching the lives of many school children. This year, America Reads is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, ten America Reads student-coordinators will announce plans to celebrate 30 years of literacy collaboration with local schools.
The HWS Tutor Corps is funded in part by a 21st Century Grant from the U.S. Department of Education that encourages enrichment opportunities outside of the traditional school day. It is also supported by Geneva 2020, the collective impact initiative that leverages public and private partnerships in the community to support the education of Geneva’s children.
Read more about the HWS Tutor Corps, including interviews with tutors and their students, in the fall issue of the Pulteney Street Survey.