While the main purpose of Whiz Kids is to be instructional: specifically, to enable children to learn to read better and broadly to encourage them to perform better academically, Whiz Kids, as a Christian-based organizaton (under the auspices of City Gospel Mision), also takes an interest in the whole child. The children who attend Nowood's elementary schools are our neighbors. As members of our congregation participate in Whiz Kids, their acts of volunteering and mentoring Norwood's children is an act of lovingly embracing them as our neighbors. Overall, we seek through our involvement to build God's new world of peace and justice in the here and now. As reading skills and academic sklls impove, we are encouraging these young children to grow into lives of peace and justice.
If what you have just read sounds EXCITING to you, read on to find out SPECIFIC WAYS in which you can help!
For the 2014-2015 school year, we have some Very good news! For the FIRST time since Whiz Kids became a program in the Norwood Elementary Schools, nearly four years ago, we will be including ALL three elementary schools, William, Sharpsburg and Norwood View. This is AWESOME news! Our Whiz Kids Program in Norwood is growing! Therfore we need YOUR assistance for sure! One way to support the program is by giving needed school supplies to hepl support the child being tutored. We need: crayons, pencils, glue sticks, dry erase boards and markers, scissors, file cards, notebooks, erasers, and pencil sharpeners.
Another way to help is by making a monetary donation so that a church member of Zion can go and buy the needed supplies. Money or should be dropped off to Zion either on Mondays or Tuesdays from 10-3, or there is a locked mailbox that you could drop your money into right outside the church office entrance. Mark the envelope with Whiz Kids on the outside. Checks should be made payable to Zion UCC.
The main reason for the program is to help support a child in reading, but the Whiz Kids Program also supports the whole child, "encouraging these young children to grow into lives of peace and justice." In the past four years the tutors and children have met at Williams Ave School or Sharpsburg School, but this year the Whiz Kids will meet with their tutors at Grace United Methodist Church on Slane Avenue in Norwood. Each tutor is assigned one child to tutor on Thursdays from 4-5 o'clock. The tutor is provided with a packet of reading materials to engage the child in a reading lesson wich lasts for an hour.The reading program used is called, "A-Z Reading." So even if you feel you have NO teaching background, you can still feel confident working with your individual child, as the materials are provided weekly to you and your student. There is time for reading, getting to know your child individually, and many tutors have said they recieve so much more from their child, then they even give as tutors! So it is a WIN-WIN program for sure!
The program starts in early October and runs until the first part of May.
Even if you are reading this site and feel you have missed deadlines, no problem, we are ALWAYS accepting donations and looking for new tutors, as there is ALWAYS a child waiting for an adult to help support them in reading and to help support them in their everyday life.
If you want to contact a representative from Zion UCC to find out more specifics about the Whiz Kids program, or how you sign up to be a tutor, Please call Marcie Silber at 791-4304, leave a message and she will return your call.
Thank you for thaking the time to read all about a VERY REWARDING program, WHIZ KIDS! : )