Phelps Helps par­tic­i­pant pays it for­ward

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af­ter school tu­tor­ing and study pro­gram, Phelps Aide Phelps Helps, held a press con­fer­ence, last Fri­day, to high­light how the suc­cess­ful pro­gram has evolved in the last four years and how it func­tions to­day. The pro­gram be­gan as a tu­tor­ing ini­tia­tive for high school stu­dents at­tend­ing Alexan­der Galt and was lo­cated in the town’s Recre­ation and Cul­ture Cen­tre on Phelps Street, where it con­tin­ues to wel­come stu­dents with healthy snacks and en­thu­si­as­tic, qual­i­fied tu­tors, on Tues­days and Thurs­days from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Three years ago, the pro­gram ex­panded to Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary School where univer­sity and col­lege stu­dent vol­un­teers tu­tor chil­dren and gain im­por­tant ex­pe­ri­ence for their fu­ture ca­reers, on Tues­days and Thurs­days af­ter school.

The co­or­di­na­tors of Phelps Aide Phelps Helps also took the op­por­tu­nity, dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, to thank their many lo­cal vol­un­teers and gen­er­ous spon-

sors for their help in cre­at­ing the com­mu­nity-based pro­gram which has con­sis­tently helped lo­cal stu­dents to both suc­ceed and ex­cel in their stud­ies.

In at­ten­dance at the press con­fer­ence was a for­mer par­tic­i­pant who is now her­self tu­tor­ing in the pro­gram. “I started go­ing to Phelps Helps in 2012, its first year. I was in my last year of high school and I had failed a high math class the year be­fore and had a few heavy cour­ses like chem­istry and physics. I didn’t al­ways need help but it was great to have a quiet space to work with no dis­trac­tions, and when I needed help it was there,” ex­plained Louise Lachance-Har­ri­son who now at­tends Cham­plain Col­lege. “The at­mos­phere at Phelps Helps was re­ally good and they set a ta­ble aside for me to work qui­etly at. They’re very flex­i­ble and even made sure there were tu­tors there who could help me with par­tic­u­lar sub­jects. And when I was ready to ap­ply for col­lege, I wasn’t sure how to fill out all the pa­pers for fi­nan­cial aid, so they helped me with that, too,” added the col­lege stu­dent, now in her third year of the col­lege’s Spe­cial Care Coun­sel­ing Pro­gram.

“I think the Phelps Helps pro­gram is a re­ally ben­e­fi­cial thing for the kids in Stanstead. It’s hard for them to stay at school for pro­grams af­ter the buses leave, and it’s hard just get­ting back and forth to school with one and a half hour bus rides each way. I think this pro­gram can help change the per­cep­tions some peo­ple have about Stanstead kids,” com­mented Louise.

Louise is now a tu­tor in the Phelps Aide Phelps Helps pro­gram. “This se­mes­ter I had a more flex­i­ble sched­ule so I started tu­tor­ing at Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary in Novem­ber, on Tues­days. It’s nice to see the progress in the chil­dren af­ter work­ing with them for a few months.” Af­ter col­lege, Ms. Lachance-Har­ri­son hopes to fur­ther her stud­ies at the univer­sity level.

For­mer Aide Phelps Phelps Helps par­tic­i­pant Louise

Lachance-Har­ri­son (left) spoke about how the pro­gram helped her to pur­sue her aca­demic goals at the press con­fer­ence, last Fri­day, as the pro­gram’s di­rec­tors

Clea Cor­man (middle) and Katie Lowry look on.

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