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A SPPS ALC Program
In 1989 Cherokee Park United Church began an after school tutorial program for children attending public elementary schools on St. Paul's West Side. The program, which annually serves approximately 26 - 28 children, has developed a strong reputation in both the community and beyond. The congregation of Cherokee Park United supports the program with their time, space, energy, and prayers. They also secure the funding to operate the program.
Teachers from West Side schools recommend children who are academically at risk. Many of these students come from economically disadvantaged homes or homes where English is a second language. Building Blocks then works with the schools to monitor each child's learning needs and progress.
A dedicated group of people come from work, school, or home every week to volunteer at Building Blocks. All tutors attend training before meeting the child they will serve. Tutors work closely with the program coordinator to help children learn.
Building Blocks follows the St. Paul School District calendar, providing after school tutoring from early October to early May. District school buses bring the children to the program located at Cherokee Park United Church.
A "graduation" ceremony and banquet is celebrated every spring
Volunteer positions are available for regular tutors and substitutes. Volunteers usually come one day per week and work with the same child each time. Tutors assist students in the learning and reinforcing of basic skills in reading, math and writing through games and activities provided by the Program Director.
Call or email Jill Jackson at (651) 228-1378 for more information.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call or email Jill Jackson at (651) 228-1378 for more information.