The Concerned Citizens of Russellville and Logan County offers an after school tutoring program for at-risk, disadvantaged children. Currently there are 25 students attending the program and according to director Dorris Vick, there is no more room.
Currently there are four certified teachers, one substitute and a few volunteers, but finding the funds to keep the program going seems to always be a struggle.
The program is held each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 p.m. at the KP Hall on 5th Street. Students generally arrive around 4:45 p.m. and are given a light snack before the lessons begin at 5. The students are taught the basics, which Vick says are sometimes forgotten. The closer the students can get to having one-on-one individual help, the better, said Vick.
At the Tuesday, Oct. 27th fiscal court meeting Vick asked magistrates for some help. The computers they have are old and materials are scarce.
“We have the teachers, we have the students, now we need your help,” said Vick.
Vick handed out a report to the fiscal court telling what the non-profit does. She asked for $5,000 saying it would be spent wisely and invited the magistrates and judge to come and see what they do.
“You all can come down whenever you’d like. We would love you to see all we are doing for the kids,” said Vick, adding the non-profit has an open door policy and open records to be looked at.
The Concerned Citizens also receive money from the City of Russellville, but Vick admitted she was going to be asking for more. The non-profit also works with the school systems on student referral, said Vick.
“We feel our children are our most important resource and education them is of the most importance. You cannot be a strong leader in society without an education,” Vick said.
County attorney Joe Ross mentioned the strict policy the county has concerning handing out taxpayers money. The county has to follow strict criteria when it comes to giving funds to non-profits. He said if the funding could be administered through the City of Russellville or the school resource center, then maybe the county could help. He will be looking into the request.
If you would be interested in helping the Concerned Citizens tutoring program, you can contact Vick at 270-725-8127.
To contact Chris Cooper,email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.