Volunteers Needed at Heart Math Tutoring

A student works on math skills during a tutoring session.
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New volunteers have the opportunity to join Heart Math Tutoring.

The organization is a non-profit, that works with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and focuses on pairing volunteer tutors with elementary school students to help students who are below grade level in math.

Volunteers spend 30 minutes to an hour each week working with students one-on-one, helping them build foundational math skills.

“Heart Math Tutoring’s mission is to ensure that all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors,” Saundra Marion, manager of volunteer operations for Heart Math Tutoring, said.

The tutoring program is currently offered in 17 CMS schools, which include Lebanon Road Elementary and Piney Grove Elementary near the Mint Hill area. The organization is looking to add volunteers at both schools, along with others around CMS, Marion said.

“You don’t have to be a math whiz or math expert,” she said, while discussing requirements for volunteers.

Volunteers will help students with elementary school math building blocks like counting, addition, subtraction and more.  Heart Math Tutoring provides a structured curriculum, any necessary materials, and an on-site program coordinator to support tutors. Students in the program range in age from first through fifth grade. Each of the students is referred to the program by school administration and teachers.  Tutoring sessions are held during school hours, either in the mornings or at mid-day. While students can improve their math skills through tutoring sessions, helping with the program can also have an impact on volunteers, Marion said.

“Volunteers get the satisfaction of building a relationship with students while also helping them catch up to grade level in math,” she said.

Marion served as a volunteer with the program for three years and said that during that time, she saw how beneficial it could be for both the students and the volunteers.

Heart Math Tutoring recruits volunteers year-round with the biggest push for volunteers around the beginning of the school year. Right now is a good time to get involved since the commitment is only for the Spring semester, which is now through April.  New volunteers will get the chance to try tutoring and see the impact they can make on students. Those interested in volunteering must be at least 18 years old and undergo a CMS background check, Marion said.

Additional information about Heart Math Tutoring as well as how to get involved can be found at www.hearttutoring.org. People can also visit the Heart Math Tutoring Facebook page.

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