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UW-Eau Claire Partners with Area Schools and Boys and Girls Club
To Offer After School Homework Help

 MAILED:  Oct. 11, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has entered into an innovative partnership with the Eau Claire Area School District and Catholic Area Schools of Eau Claire via the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley to provide individual homework help to fourth- through 12th-grade students in the region.

About 20 UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are volunteering as tutor-mentors for the "Power Hour" homework program offered by the Boys and Girls Club. The program is designed to help students understand and complete their school homework. "Power Hour" also is intended to provide support for students who need additional help in specific subjects such as math, English or science.

"I know there are other Wisconsin communities with both a university and a Boys and Girls Club, but this is the first comprehensive partnership that utilizes the support systems of both to partner with public and private schools," said Jim Vance, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. "This kind of structured program will benefit university students and the people served by the Boys and Girls Club."

Studies indicate one of the most important aspects for student success is early intervention with students who may be struggling with their school work, Vance said. We're pleased with the cooperation between the university and Boys and Girls Club, and also our partners in Eau Claire area schools and CASE, to make this program a reality," Vance said.

UW-Eau Claire tutor-mentors will work with Boys and Girls Club Program Manager Lisa McIntyre under the direction of two graduate students, reading specialist Dr. Robin Umber and Dr. William Frankenberger, director of the Human Development Center at UW-Eau Claire.

"In addition to students receiving valuable practical experience working with youth and teens, they are engaging their community, which is exactly what students at an interactive regional public university such as UW-Eau Claire should be doing," said Frankenberger.

The students volunteering for the program also are eligible for service-learning credits. All UW-Eau Claire students must perform 30 hours of community service to graduate.

"Power Hour" is available from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays for students in fourth-8th grade and from 6–7 p.m. for students in ninth-12th grades.

In addition, as part of this project Heinz Psychological Services of Eau Claire will provide walk-in availability for urgent issues/care on Monday and Tuesday evenings for the students.

Students also earn "Power Points" for completing homework, receiving tutoring, or participating in other learning activities. Points can then be exchanged for prizes.

The annual membership for the Boys and Girls Club is $5 per child, with a maximum of $15 per family. However, no student who wishes to participate in "Power Hour" will be denied because of finances.

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Updated: October 11, 2004