Thursday, October 14, 2010
by Joseph Addison
Even after a full day of classes, many Thurgood Marshall Academy students stay after school to work one-on-one with tutors who help them with homework and projects. TMA is lucky to have tutors come from all over the D.C. area. Volunteers from local universities such as Howard, George Washington, American, Georgetown and Georgetown Law make their way to TMA to meet with students and talk about difficult classes, college choices, and career goals. Students also have the privilege of working with tutors employed by Health and Human Services, K&L Gates, and NASA.
Precocious ninth grader Darnell Hudson works with Georgetown Law student Joel Fineman for two hours after school on Tuesdays. Darnell has enjoyed the sessions so far, explaining, “It’s like having a mentor who helps me go above and beyond what we do in class. Joel is really easy to talk to and very knowledgeable so we’re able to go over a lot of work.”
With prospective tutor applications flowing into the TMA offices each week, we are working to build upon the 20 pairings we currently have.