Students of the Concerned Citizens tutoring program will be receiving new laptops and educational materials thanks to a generous contribution from the Logan County Fiscal Court. Magistrates contributed $5,000 to the program asking the City of Russellville to facilitate the funds.
The City of Russellville contributes $1,000 annually to the Concerned Citizens non-profit organization. According to Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton, it’s a very worthwhile program.
“The tutoring program helps a lot of kids. This is not a black, white or Hispanic thing, this is for all of our futures. Sometimes kids don’t have the support they need. The Concerned Citizens tutoring program provides that to those who don’t and it’s a worthwhile program,” said Stratton.
Concerned Citizens Director Dorris Vick had come to the court a few weeks ago asking for financial support for the tutoring program that helps at-risk, disadvantaged children. Currently there are 25 students attending the program and according to Vick, they are in need of new equipment.
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.
“We feel our children are our most important resource and educating them is of the most importance. We need to teach them so they can be good citizens in the community and get the good jobs.”
Concerned Citizens Board member Bob Ballance spoke in favor of the program at the Tuesday, Nov. 10 fiscal court meeting. He opened by saying he was proud to be a Logan Countian and part of the Concerned Citizens.
“I’ve had some wonderful teachers in my 79 years,” said Ballance. “Great parents, coaches and military and industry leaders, and I have tried to be a teacher in my life too. You have to grab every teaching opportunity every moment that you can.”
Ballance added he had worked with the tutoring program the past five years. He praised Vick and the teachers who volunteer their time in the program.
“The tutoring program provides a safe place for these kids to go. It’s like home to some of them. The new computers will be tools of learning to try and teach the kids to be good teachers and good citizens of our county and our country,” Ballance ended.
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