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Moon School Board Member Introduces Free Tutoring for Area Students

The program is for students in elementary through high school.

Gia Tatone said after she was elected last year to the Moon Area School Board she wanted to find a way to give back to the community. 

So Tatone and a group of township volunteers are now offering a free tutoring service to students living in the . The program, called "World Kids Cafe," held its first session Saturday at on Beaver Grade Road. 

The program, which is not affiliated with the school district, is open to local students in kindergarten through high school and will be offered twice monthly. 

"Tutoring is incredibly expensive and it's something that not everyone can invest it," Tatone said. "We were hearing that there was a need in the community for it." 

Tatone said a handful of volunteers, several of them certified educators, have already signed on to work with students in subjects ranging from writing and English to mathematics and general study skills. 

Parents are required to attend the sessions alongside their students. The 45-minute sessions are scheduled to take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at St. Philip's. A summer schedule for the program has not yet been announced, Tatone said. 

The idea for a tutoring program was spurred by Tatone's own work with her service group called Project Genesis, which she and friends began in 2008 to work with orphan and foster children. The group has provided aide to Haitian orphans and baskets of food to children in Ecuador. 

"We have been diligent working with foster and orphaned children," Tatone said. "But I wanted to find a way to help in our own backyards." 

Tatone said she worked with area students in her former position as a coordinator for the , which hosts an after-school homework assistance program. 

"Private tutoring can cost $25 to $75 an hour," Tatone said. "But we're willing to step in and help with that. It's a matter of affordability and availability." 

Parents interested in enrolling their child in the World Kids Cafe tutoring program should email ProjectGenesisMSC@gmail.com. 

Ryan May 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Although I am not a fan of Ms Tatone and her grandstanding at school board meetings, I do appreciate her effort on this program
RealMoonResident May 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Ditto. This is a nice thing to do.
Jodie May 15, 2012 at 02:38 PM
This is great, Gia really has put all her efforts into her volunteer role on the school board. Plus she was instrumental in fighting to get all day kindergarten, please keep up the good work.
val clark May 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
This is a great idea. I have a PA Cyber student at home in high school. I was talking to her just yesterday about the need for a tutor but we can't afford one at this time. This is a needed service in the community and very much appreciated. Thanks-Val
Louisa May 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Way to go Gia, if our schools can't provide all the help our students need I'm glad to see volunteers stepping up and committing their own time and resources.
RealMoonResident May 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM
It is a nice thing to do. Or, imagine if our schools were funded well enough that most kids wouldn't need tutors. Oh well, forget it, that's just crazy talk....
disappointed May 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I think this is wonderful! I agree with Louisa. I am glad to see that one of the board members is recognizing the needs of some of our students and they fact that the schools aren't providing all the help our children need. If the school district would just stop trying to compete with Lincoln Park, which is out of their leauge, and PA Cyber, and start focusing on educating, helping our children and supporting the parents more, then I believe they would quit losing so many students and families to these schools and private schools.

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