More to Know About Study Buddy Program

FEC Website Photo 21If you are thinking about becoming a Study Buddy, you probably have questions. Most often, our prospective volunteers ask: “Will I really be able to help my student?”

Our answer is: “ABSOLUTELY!”

Franklin Community Schools officials report that 93.7 percent of students in our program have shown improvement in at least six academic areas from the beginning of the school year to the end.

Here are answers to other questions you might be asking yourself:

It’s been awhile since I have been in school. What if I can’t remember a subject?

If there is something that comes up and you either have forgotten it or aren’t sure, just ask the school’s site coordinator or look it up with your student and learn it together.

Will I receive training?

Yes, you will be invited to an orientation meeting along with training sessions during the year.

What if I miss a day of Study Connection?

It would be great if none of us ever had to miss, but in reality we do. Just explain to your student and let your school’s site coordinator know.

How long is the commitment?

Becoming a Study Buddy is a one-year commitment, but the program has a volunteer return rate of 82 percent. It really is that rewarding!

Can I have the same child year after year?

Yes, as long as the child stays in the program. But, the goal is to get them up to or above their peers both academically and socially, so don’t be surprised if your student actually tests out of the program after a year or two.

What grade levels will I have?

Currently, the program works with second through sixth grades.

What if I just don’t connect with my student?

After a short period of trying a few things, you will either receive a new student or switch with another volunteer.

Do all the tutors ever get together?

Yes. We spend time together at orientation, training sessions, the annual meet and greet and at a volunteer appreciation dinner at the end of the year. It’s a great time!

What schools are served by the program?

Creekside, Northwood, Needham, Webb and Union elementary schools and Custer Baker Intermediate School.

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