2 SCHOOLS SEEKING BOOMER TUTORS IN ENGLISH WRITING
August 23, 2006
Author: Josh Kelley (Phoenix, AZ)
Wanted: Educated baby boomers willing to tutor and mentor fourth-grade
students at Kerr and Hawthorne elementary schools in Mesa.
Organizers hope to recruit 16 people, eight at each school, to help improve the
reading and writing of fourth-graders as part of Experience Corps, a national
program for older Americans aimed at solving social problems, including
People bilingual in English and Spanish are sought. Those who take part in the
program will work 15 to 20 hours per week with struggling students, including
minority groups of Latinos and Native Americans, at the two schools, said Pat
Esparza, Experience Corps program coordinator who is on staff at Mesa Community
The college, which received a grant for the program, is partnering with Mesa
Public Schools and Make a Difference. Experience Corps workers must be at least
55 and will receive training and a stipend of about $2,800 for the school year.
Esparza said the minimum requirement is a GED, but a bachelor's degree is
Boomer tutors wanted
Meetings for adults 55 and older who want to tutor fourth-graders:
* Media center at Kerr Elementary, 125 E. McLellan Road, 6 p.m. Aug. 31.
* Conference room on eighth floor of Mesa Public Schools Administrative
Services Center, 63 E. Main St., 10 a.m. Oct. 6.
For information contact:
* Lisa Stevenson at Make A Difference, (602) 973-2212, Ext. 229.
* Pat Esparza, Experience Corps program coordinator, (602) 697-6464.