World War II veteran effective, well-liked grade school tutor


Thomas Foster, 89, has tutored children at Westwood Elementary school in Greenwood for 10 years. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

After 10 years of working with children who need a little help with reading, math or the dreaded listening skills, a Greenwood man has earned an informal title: most effective, most liked tutor-mentor.

Tom Foster has been working with students at Westwood Elementary School, one at a time, week by week. The World War II veteran is noted for his ability to connect with the much-younger students he tutors, building a relationship with them that enables him to pass on life lessons to the students as well as help with academics.

Example: Landon Smith, now a third-grader at Westwood, met with Foster when he was in the first grade.

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