Major: Secondary Education
Interests: politics, gaming
Kyle Patterson, a Parkland sophomore in secondary education, says his three semesters tutoring for the Garden Hills Homework Club have taught him valuable lessons he can bank toward his future career.
“I’m learning to have patience and to be assertive. Getting the kids to focus can, at times, be pretty challenging; maybe it’s payback for all the torture I put my teachers through,” said the Central High graduate, who plans to attend Illinois State University after Parkland. The Garden Hills Homework Club offers afterschool tutoring to at-risk youth in grades 3 through 5 who attend the Champaign Unit 4 school. So far, Kyle has helped 8 or 9 students better understand and complete their math, spelling, and reading comprehension homework, meeting two times a week for an hour a day.
It may be a challenging service at times, but Kyle highly recommends volunteering at the GHHC to other students, because of its rewards. “These kids look up to the college students helping them, so we’re encouraging them to take school more seriously,” he said. “The Homework Club is a fun way to invest in your community by instilling a good school work ethic in economically challenged children whose future survival depends on academic success.”
Students interested in volunteering for the Garden Hills Homework Club may call Marsha Reardon at 217/353-3302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.