20 Park Elementary kindergarten students to receive math tutoring over the summer in the Math & Me project


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS), the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) and ExxonMobil join together this summer to tutor kindergarten students for the Math & Me project.

In the program, high school BRYC Fellows tutor 20 kindergarten students from Park Elementary. Tutors will spend one hour a week with the students going over basic math skills using guided lessons and resources from VIPS EveryOne Counts program.

“Often when math is mentioned, people scurry. We are excited that we can bring organizations together with a focus on math that supports our public school students. This project makes math fun by using high school mentors and virtual math manipulatives. Plus, it demonstrates to the BRYC Scholars the importance of giving back.”

VIPS Executive Director Judy K. Bethly

The Math & Me project receives funding from ExxonMobil.

“ExxonMobil recognizes that math is an integral part of our everyday lives,” said Chemical Plant Manager Dave Lueke. “While an aptitude in math is critical to roles in our energy industry, we know that learning complex math skills can sometimes be challenging for students. That’s why collaborations such as Math & Me can help our students make significant gains in this subject area and prepare them for a wide variety of quality careers in the future.”

VIPS will be seeking 500 adult volunteers to pair with underperforming students in the fall. Visit vipsbr.org to register for a training.

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