Car­di­nal Crew Mem­bers Of­fer Tu­tor­ing 101

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON —The chil­dren’s area at Farm­ing­ton Pub­lic Li­brary has be­come the place to be once a week for free tu­tor­ing from mem­bers of the Car­di­nal Crew at Farm­ing­ton High School.

Ni­cholas Er­ick­son, a se­nior, came up with the idea to pro­vide free tu­tor­ing while talk­ing with high school coun­selor, Donna Nor­swor­thy. She sug­gested call­ing the li­brar­ian about the idea.

The first Thurs­day no one showed up at the li­brary. Since then, more stu­dents have been drop­ping in to seek help with math, sci­ence or other sub­jects.

Er­ick­son has helped stu­dents with math and en­joys the break from his se­nior-level math classes.

Er­ick­son said he be­lieves the high school stu­dents will con­tinue to tu­tor this year as long as kids are show­ing up for help.

Drew Wil­liams, a sev­en­th­grader at Farm­ing­ton Mid­dle School, said he be­lieves the ses­sions are help­ing him. He noted he is only in sci­ence for 45 min­utes dur­ing the school day and the tu­tor­ing ses­sions are one-on-one. Two high school stu­dents were help­ing Wil­liams this day.

Jen­nifer Eary brought her daugh­ter Cait­lyn, a sev­en­th­grader, by the li­brary to be tu­tored in math.

“I saw the flyer so I thought we’d try it out and see,” Eary said. “I like the fact the high school is help­ing the younger group and is will­ing to help them aca­dem­i­cally.”

She said she also thinks it’s a good idea be­cause mid­dle school stu­dents don’t al­ways want to lis­ten to their par­ents.

“I think they’ll be more re­cep­tive to hear­ing it from a high school stu­dent,” Eary said, adding she also thinks it will help her daugh­ter’s con­fi­dence.

The Car­di­nal Crew is a group of 50 high school ju­niors and se­niors who were first se­lected to help with ori­en­ta­tion for in­com­ing fresh­man. Since the high school has moved to its new fa­cil­ity for 10th-12th graders, crew mem­bers are serv­ing as am­bas­sadors for the school.

They give tours to new stu­dents and this year have been en­cour­aged to be­come in­volved in com­mu­nity ser­vice projects.

“They help wher­ever they can to rep­re­sent our school,” said Lori McCain, sec­re­tary in the coun­selor’s of­fice.

Stu­dents ap­ply in the spring to be a mem­ber of the Car­di­nal Crew. Nor­swor­thy and McCain seek teacher rec­om­men­da­tions. McCain said the school is look­ing for stu­dents with lead­er­ship char­ac­ter­is­tics to serve as Car­di­nal Crew mem­bers.


Phillip Par­tain, a Farm­ing­ton High se­nior, helps seventh grader Cait­lyn Eary with math prob­lems while tu­tor­ing her at Farm­ing­ton Pub­lic Li­brary.

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