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Elida schools doing something right

I volunteer as a tutor at Elida Elementary and Elida High Schools.

I find it rewarding to see each student progress as the school year continues. In January, I witnessed an interesting conversation between a high school sophomore and his teacher.

The student was filling out his Apollo application for next year. The student was having trouble sorting out what courses to take. The teacher suggested that the interest profile he filled out as a freshman would be a good guide. The student replied that as a freshman, he did not care and took the form as a joke filling in answers he thought would be funny. He explained that he now understood a lot more and asked what he could do to rectify the past.

The teacher and the student developed a plan to get the student into classes and study areas currently of interest to him. I remember this student as a freshman. When coming into his study session, rather than start working, talking and joking with his friends was the priority. This year as a sophomore, he is focused on his studies, his grades are improving. More importantly, when talking to him, he knows he has a future and he is working to improve his grades.

I still find myself having to help him, occasionally just to reinforce a concept, and then he can complete his work. I attribute his improvement to his teachers and especially to a football staff that puts the student portion of student-athlete first. This is one example I will remember but I have seen many similar situations in my two years of volunteer work.

Patrick Schymanski, Elida

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