Phelps en fran­cais at Jardin-des­fron­tières

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Jayme Mar­rotte

The Phelps en français - Ele­men­tary pro­gram was launched this Septem­ber at Jardin-des-fron­tières. On Wed­nes­days, stu­dents from grades 5 and 6 at the lo­cal French Ele­men­tary school have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the af­ter-school tu­tor­ing pro­gram with Alvin Sully from Phelps Helps.

“At the be­gin­ning of the year, we had anticipated 15 stu­dents join­ing the pro­gram over the year,” stated Alvin, “but we al­ready have 17 stu­dents en­rolled and we are only on our 4th ses­sion of the year! This is very ex­cit­ing for our team and we hope that this num­ber con­tin­ues to grow.”

Alvin ex­plained how the stu­dents have a lot of en­ergy at the end of the day so the ses­sions al­ways start with 25-30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. All stu­dents, staff and vol­un­teers join into the games Alvin has pre­pared with en­thu­si­asm. The stu­dents’ fa­vorite game so far this year has been a game called dans la mare sur la rive where they prac­tice their re­flexes, lis­ten­ing skills and con­cen­tra­tion.

A healthy snack fol­lows the phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to fuel their brains be­fore get­ting to work. Dur­ing the snack, stu­dents ben­e­fit from a care­fully se­lected read aloud and tar­geted lit­er­acy les­son, lead by Alvin. Then, the long-awaited home­work be­gins.

Vol­un­teers are paired with stu­dents to help them with their home­work. We are still look­ing for vol­un­teers to fill this role and be­come a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in the lives of these young chil­dren.

Be­ing a vol­un­teer does not mean be­ing an ex­pert in any one sub­ject; it means be­ing will­ing to cre­ate a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with a lo­cal youth. Phelps pro­vides all the train­ing you need to feel con­fi­dent in your role as a tu­tor. Sign up as a vol­un­teer to­day by con­tact­ing our Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor, Clea Cor­man, by email ccor­man@phelp­ or call 819-704-0799.

Phelps was founded in 2012 and has grown or­gan­i­cally from a sin­gle high school tu­tor­ing pro­gram to nine unique pro­grams, pro­vid­ing the Stanstead area with free ed­u­ca­tional and ca­reer sup­port. For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer, please email us at info@phelp­, visit our web­site www.phelp­ or call our of­fices at 819-704-0799.


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