Linda has always loved helping children succeed. She retired after teaching for 38 years, but knew she still wanted to give back. “I’ve had great experiences with struggling kids and felt I had something to offer,” Linda says.

That’s what led her to become a tutor through Interfaith’s RSVP program. After some training, Linda was assigned to tutor in a K5 classroom twice a week at Carver Academy. “I tutor a small group of kids and focus on letters and sounds, sight word identification and some writing,” Linda explains.

Linda says tutoring helps students who need more one-on-one attention. “Sometimes struggling students get lost in a larger group. Unless you’re directly focusing on them it’s really hard for them to participate.”

Linda says it’s very worthwhile when she sees a struggling child start to make progress. For her, the other benefit of being a tutor is simple. “I get hugs when I come in! They are always happy to see me.”

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