The Boys and Girls Club completed a partnership with the Colquitt County School System Thursday that brought teachers in to keep students’ minds fresh during the summer break.

Boys and Girls Club Program Director T.J. Andrews said he was contacted by the school system in May about a summer tutoring program. The school system had extra grant money available and wanted to use it in a creative way.

Andrews said 14 teachers from the school system came in and tutored about 45 students from the club’s summer program. The teachers ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade, and they spent an hour a day, four days a week at the club tutoring children for five weeks.

The children loved having the teachers come in, looking forward to the hours with them each day, Andrews said. The teachers also really enjoyed being a part, with some discussing doing it again next year and even volunteering at the club during the school year.

Kathy Poppell, a special education teacher, said the program helped teachers like her build a relationship with the children. They would spend each day reading and playing educational games together, and it really built the children’s self-esteem.

“It is a good program,” Poppell said.

Andrews said the club would like to do the program next year if funding is available. The students and teachers built good relationships together, and it was a great opportunity for the club to allow the teachers to see everything that is offered there and to keep the children’s minds active.

“We wanted to make it where the teachers come in and keep the kids’ minds fresh,” Andrews said. “We are very thankful to the school system for thinking of us.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer as a tutor during the club’s Power Hour homework time during the after school program can contact Andrews at 890-8601.

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