Rekindling a love of learning and building a stronger community one page and one child at a time
Homework House has created a warm and caring space in Holyoke where children can experience learning success, many for the first time. Since 2006, our free after school tutoring and mentoring program has transformed the lives of hundreds of kids improving their reading and math skills.
But working on reading and math is only one part of the story! Homework House is so much more: we are a community of adults and children who work together to help each child realize his or her potential. Homework House is Gio, one of our very first kids who is now a scholarship student at Northfield Mt. Herman, and Danny, a fifth grader who has come to love Jules Verne. Homework House is Shawn, a student at UMASS and Sr. Mary, a retired teacher, who are both volunteer tutors. Homework House is families concerned about their children’s future.
Here's what some of our community members say about Homework House!
"What I like about Homework House is I get help. The tutors help me get better at reading and they take care of me like my family always does. They help me with things I need help with like math and reading. Sometimes I help other kids. Homework House is my favorite place to go after school." ~ Serenity R., 5th grade
"My 7 year old son, Jaykuon, is a 2nd grader at Lawrence Elementary School. Homework House means a lot to him and to me for the simple fact that he has learned more than his school lessons. Jaykuan has advanced his reading level. Homework House is a place I recommend to other mothers. There are so many loving and friendly people. Homework House also has amazing tutors" ~ Zuleyka V.
"I look forward to coming to Homework House every week. The kids are always happy to see us and work with their tutors. There’s never a day with them that we don’t laugh while we learn. I’m so happy to use my teaching skills and watch their progress. Students & tutors are blessed to have Homework House!" ~ Bobby C.
During the school year, about 100 children come to Homework House’s free after school tutoring & mentoring program each day. Our tutoring program fosters school success by providing the children individualized academic and social supports in a safe and nurturing environment. We have two sites located in the Holyoke neighborhoods where the kids live and go to school. We keep our tutor:student ratio low matching each tutor with two children. Program activities are focused on improving the children’s literacy and math skills with the goal of meeting each child at his or her own level. Drop-in programs are available during school vacations and a 5 week long literacy-based summer program is int the works.
The kids who come to Homework House are working hard and improving! In our 2013-14 year:
- 69% of K-3 and 88% of 4th-6th graders met or exceeded reading growth expectations
- 90% of K-3 graders mastered at least one list of grade appropriate high frequency sight words
- 45% of K-3 and 32% of 4th graders ended the year reading at or above grade level.
Our impact isn't limited to the children’s academic outcomes. Last year, our kids reported that because they come to Homework House:
- 80% felt that they were better readers
- 91% felt that Homework House helped them get better grades
- 89% reported better school engagement; AND
- 250 community volunteer contributed 6,221 hours of tutoring, rekindling a love of learning and building a stronger community one page and one child at a time.
Please give generously! Homework House relies solely on contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations who care about the future of our children to bring our services to the community.
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