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Homework House provides free after-school tutoring and mentoring for children in Holyoke, Massachusetts who are at-risk for academic failure and dropping out of school. We give children a loving and caring environment. We help them improve their literacy skills so they can become productive members of our community. We work towards rekindling their interests in learning and self-improvement - one page at a time. Services are provided to school-age children without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.
Every child is different. Every child has special needs. As their tutors and mentors we help children improve themselves by:
Changing their attitude toward school
Children who do not perform well in school tend to dread homework and classroom participation. By giving them a caring and positive environment, we give them a reason to rediscover the satisfaction that comes from learning.
Serving as a positive role model
Encouragement by example; show children that it’s "cool" to read well and that learning is a lifelong experience
Taking them away from past failures
By tutoring in a neutral environment and without the stigma of past failures hanging over them, children are more likely to take their first tentative steps toward self-improvement.
Giving them individualized attention
Maintain a community resource with high volunteer participation to that we can maintain our services at no cost to children. Try to maintain the lowest possible ration of tutors to children to ensure that every child feels important.
Because everybody deserves a chance to improve themselves
We provide a community service that is free to all students of all social and ethnic backgrounds and especially to those at or below the lowest academic and economic levels.
- Virginia Dillon
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