To the editor:
Area students are already on their way back to the classroom. Schools all over are struggling with how to best prepare their students for what lies ahead. The balanced calendar being implemented in area schools is just one way that local administrators are attempting to give students the strongest academic experience they can provide. However, it makes attending school very different from what we all remember.
Learning has changed, and what needs to be learned has to be introduced in earlier grades; and often the students who attend our schools are not emotionally or academically prepared for what they are expected to know. Broken homes, poverty, homelessness, parents who don’t or won’t stress the importance of school and constant moving from place to place are just some of the things that make learning more difficult for children in 2014.
Fortunately adults in our community have the opportunity to help fill in some of the gaps that plague children who attend our area schools. For over 25 years the Oasis tutoring program has transformed the lives of children all over the United States offering compassionate friendship and academic support to children in elementary school.