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Romona's Kids: Students volunteer tutoring younger peers

Older students take time out of their free periods to help tutor. (Source: WOIO) Older students take time out of their free periods to help tutor. (Source: WOIO)
Younger students can read to their helpers, or complete worksheets. (Source: WOIO) Younger students can read to their helpers, or complete worksheets. (Source: WOIO)
It's a chance for all age groups to benefit by helping each other. (Source: WOIO) It's a chance for all age groups to benefit by helping each other. (Source: WOIO)
AVON, OH (WOIO) -

Homework can often be a source of tension for families, but one local school system has a unique way to come to the rescue. This week's Romona's Kids are in Avon.
 
At Heritage Elementary School, third and fourth graders get tutoring time with fifth and sixth graders in the new "Peer to Peer" program. Younger kids either read to their helpers or do math games and worksheets. The older kids volunteer their time during study hall or free periods.
 
"I think it's a lot of fun just passing on our knowledge to younger kids that might need a little bit of help in some subjects," said Avon sixth grader Cole Emerine.
 
"We help them a little bit farther if they get confused, we can just help them a little bit," said fifth grader Kaylin Hauck.
 
"When I see someone get something else, even a little part, it feels so good to me that I know how to help someone else out," said fifth grader Abbey Gerak.
 
Guidance counselor Jessica Stringer created the program because children really connect with someone close to their own age, who is successful in school.
 
"That resonates with them: Someone I can look up to, someone who cares about me, and spending time with just me," explained Stringer.
 
Avon High School students also mentor younger kids, giving after school homework help.
 
"They know what I'm learning and some of the stuff is easy for them to help me with," said fifth grader Pamela Swingos.
 
"I get help mostly in math, because that's what I struggle with the most," said fifth grader Emily Plato.
 
"They help you with certain kind of problems that you're stuck on,"  said fourth grader Patrick Foucault. "I'm more confident now."
 
"I just like seeing them understanding things and say, 'Oh, I get it now!' So it's a cool experience seeing them finally understand," said senior Ashley Harris.
 
"We're all about trying to develop these kids to be active citizens in their community and it's just another way that they can give back," said fourth grade teacher Julie Radigan.
 
"I think if we could get more high schoolers to come here and see that, they would have more respect and passion for their teachers and
community," said Avon High School student Maggie O'Donnell.

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