When it comes to completing assignments, some kids are all in for homework help. In fact that’s all they have to do – stick around after school on Tuesdays for their after school program “All In”.
“I like their help,” said Brad Mann, 12, who was getting a little extra help with reading and writing. “They’re friendly and they’re really helpful and they’re really smart.”
Homer Middle School teachers Jamie Vandenburgh, Ali Irish, Jeremy Ball and Barb Rameriez started “All In”. They teach science, English, social studies and math, respectively and felt it was time to team up to help the children study.
“We wanted kids to have a time after school where they could get homework help or have a place to study or use a computer,” Vandenburgh said. “This has worked out really well. We’ve had at least 10 to 12 kids here each week, from all-A students to those who need extra assistance.”
Vandenburgh, a 2005 Michigan Center High School graduate, also is Jackson College’s assistant softball coach. She thought the older students would benefit as much from the leadership experience they’re getting as the younger ones do with the homework help.
“I grew up with a lot of siblings and I thought this would be fun to do and a way I could help out,” said Jackson College student Aliyah Bushinski, 19, of Vandercook Lake. “I enjoy working with kids this age, so this is perfect for me.”
During “All In,” students read books, do worksheets, practice math skills and make up missing assignments.
“I like it because it gives me a chance to raise my grades,” said Deven Warner, 13.
“You learn more things here than just staying at home after school,” Joseph Rowe, 12, added.