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Making a Difference: Colleagues Tutor at Buchanan

September 14, 2016 09:58 AM

TutorsTodd L. and Megan V.

One of the highlights of my week is every Thursday morning when I get to head over to Buchanan Elementary School and spend 30 minutes helping a fourth-grader with his classwork.

 

I’m one of about 30 Colleagues who goes to the school each week to tutor and mentor a student. I love that American Fidelity gives me the time away from the office to make a difference in this child’s life.

 

This is my second year tutoring this student, and I hope to be able to work with him for the rest of his time at Buchanan.

 

While I do believe I help him better understand reading, math and social studies, my biggest impact on his life probably isn’t seen in the gradebook. This child now gets one-on-one attention each week from an adult who values his education. As a child whose mother works until 11 p.m. each night, he doesn’t often get help with his homework. But I’m there every week to help in areas he’s struggling, and to let him know that his success is important to me.

 

We don’t always talk only about school. I know he’s grounded for throwing a baseball through the window, and that he’s looking forward to spending time with his uncle and grandmother later this year. For 30 minutes each week, I can specialize in helping this child feel like what he does matters to other people.

 

That, more than the work we do in the books, will stick with him as he moves out of Buchanan and through the rest of his life.

 

What are you doing to make a difference in your community?

Colleagues Donate School Supplies

July 26, 2016 03:59 PM

 School Supply Art

 

Who doesn’t remember the smell of opening a fresh box of crayons, sharpening new pencils or choosing folders with cute puppies or favored superheroes?

Our Colleagues are helping bring some of those memories to life for children at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary. This week, we’re sponsoring a school supply drive to ensure our students have what they need to learn when school resumes Monday.

Bins are filling with reams of wide-ruled paper, boxes of no. 2 pencils and cartons of tissues. Monetary donations also are rolling in.

Most of the students at Buchanan qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, and their families cannot afford to provide the supplies the children need. So Colleagues are filling the gap.

The supply drive is one of our monthly charity day activities in which Colleagues donate at least $2 per month for the privilege of wearing Company T-shirts each Friday. For this drive, many Colleagues go far beyond the $2 per person to help ensure the students have what they need to make learning fun.

How do you support back to school efforts in your community?