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21st Century CCLC After School Tutoring Program

By Peggy Wolfe

This is the first year of a five year 21st Century Community Learning Ccnter grant for the Bering Strait School Districts. The funds are for after school tutoring for five BSSD sites: Stebbins, Saint Michael, Savoonga, Gambell and Elim. The three components of the grant address (1) academic enrichment in reading, writing and math, (2) cultural and recreational activities conducted by the site IRA and (3) nutritional snacks for students.

Students of all ages who need to pass standards participate in two-hour after school sessions Monday through Thursday. Each weekend village IRAs, the grant partners, conduct the cultural and recreational activities for the students enrolled in the program. The purpose is to provide exercise and the knowledge and experience they need to be a part of their cultural community. At every session nutritious snacks are served.

While the tutoring sessions are conducted differently at the schools, activities in the first seven week session at the five sites have included students completing requirements of SFA reading and response, math games, photography, computer games, publishing books about their families, drum making, native dancing, cooking, carving, etc. All activities are focused on standards students need to become proficient and to get on grade level.

Below is a photo of Savoonga and St. Michael students who participated in the program. A photography class was taught in Savoonga where each participant produced a book about his/her family. They are shown here reading their book and looking at the pictures. Michelle Finn, tutor for the session reported that it was a big hit with everyone who made a book, and especially their parents. Two of the students are continuing to come after school to make an iMovie on how they made their books. The will enter it in ASTE this year.

Earl Seppilu wrote the book he is holding. Savoonga students Glen Waghiyi, Joshua Awitaq and Donna Jackson are reading Earl’s book.
Earl said of the project: “I liked putting in the pictures and typing my book.” -Earl

Other comments on the project:
My family liked it and they read it. My aunties read it and they liked it too.” –Michael
“In tutor, I learned about making a book. Ms. Finn ordered it and it looks cool.”- Lenora

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