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May 27, 2014 > Hayward celebrates homework support center participants

Hayward celebrates homework support center participants

Submitted By City of Hayward

For even the most diligent students, homework rarely inspires celebration. But after a long year of hitting the books, Hayward students and their tutors are ready to party. The celebration, to be held in the City Hall rotunda on Thursday, May 29, will honor both students and tutors in the CityÕs popular homework support centers for their hard work and dedication.

The homework support center program, facilitated by the Hayward Public Library, provides quality tutoring services at Hayward public schools and the two library branches. These Homework Support Centers feature book-vending machines, laptop computers, homework and project supplies, on-site trained volunteer tutors ready to assist students in small groups with all of the their homework needs, and access to the libraryÕs free real-time online tutoring program.

ÒWeÕre so proud of our tutors and students who have made this program a success,Ó said Lindsey Vien, the libraryÕs education services coordinator. ÒReally what weÕre celebrating here is partnership: between students and tutors, but also among all of the various organizations that have contributed to make this initiative so successful.Ó

The program is the centerpiece of an ongoing City effort to join with HUSD (Hayward Unified School District) in improving educational performance throughout Hayward. With the help of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood initiative (HPN), the support centers have been extended to four more schools: Harder and Park Elementary and Cesar Chavez and Winton middle schools. HPN will also be providing funding to introduce the program in both Hayward and Tennyson high schools by early 2015.

With demand for the program growing, the City is now seeking to expand with the help of 10 new AmeriCorps VISTA members who will work on initiatives related to early childhood development, homework support and adult literacy. Application deadline for the positions has been extended to May 21. Interested parties are encouraged to apply online at www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community.

Homework Support Centers Celebration
Thursday, May 29
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
City Hall Rotunda
777 B St, Hayward
(510) 881-7535
Lindsey.Vien@hayward-ca.gov
Free

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