Program To Help Kids Stay In School In Place

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

While schools tighten the financial belt across our state, one non-profit organization in the east is using grant money to prevent students from dropping out.

Pamlico County Schools and non-profit organization Heartworks are tapping funds from a 142-thousand dollar dropout prevention grant.

They're using the money to pay high school students to tutor about 60 middle schoolers.

Students who receive help are selected by their performance.

The high school tutors are paid 10 dollars an hour and say the program called Canes Academy has really helped students prepare for end-of-grade tests.

Heartworks says in Pamlico County, about 25 to 30 students a year do not graduate.

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  • by To Mike Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Well said my friend. I cannot believe I voted for Perdue. I guarantee that mistake will never happen again. She is killing this great state.
  • by Anonymous Location: gville on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    why dont they use it as study buddy thats what they do at rose and yes it has helped so many kids including my own he was a d average in math since he has been tutor by a very nice person he has bought his grades up to a and b looks good on college applications
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 22, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Bev Perdue will run this education system to the ground. She has done nothing but cause trouble for this state. This program I say is good for the students and for Pamlico County. Over half of the parents don't care how their kids are doing in school. Many of them just get kids to abuse the welfare system. Others are to busy counting their own money or are more concerned with their kids being successful in sports more than academics.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Hey Mike, they all went to Rose High. This might be in place now, but wait till Bev Perdue gets done with our money.
  • by in the east Location: this area on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    They're paying $10 an hour to a student to tutor another! I can't believe that a student should be paid to tutor another. Please look into this. The grant agency is paying themselves $10 an hour to monitor the student tutors. This is another "mentoring" service that is ripping off the taxpayers. Washington County has the highest dropout rate and the most mentoring services for the student population. How can this be? Mentoring should reduce dropouts-not increase them. Something's not right about this.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Apr 22, 2009 at 02:49 AM
    What ever happened to a parent's responsibility to ensure their children do their homework, monitor their progress, and keep them in school??

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