Fredericksburg UMC proudly announces the Homework Helpers Program
We invite you to join us to share your gifts and talents as we kick off this special initiative. Many children in our city are struggling in school and desperately need our help with homework. Many children do not speak English at home nor do their parents and many are falling behind. A small gift of an hour a week or several times a month can make a huge difference in their success in school and possibly in life. As you can see by the description that follows the need is great and there are many opportunities and days to serve for 1 hour or more a week. Please take a moment to pray and consider a commitment to transform a life and it may be your own.
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This idea was first generated as a result of our DAY of DISCERNMENT in April 2015. It directly aligns with our church’s Mission & Vision statement and our desire to serve the children and families in the city of Fredericksburg. All 4 schools in the city are identified as Title I schools meaning more than 45% of their families are receiving free or reduced meals and live in poverty.
The purpose of the After School ESL (English as a Second Language) Homework Club is to meet the needs of current ESL students enrolled at Hugh Mercer Elementary School. The students who would be invited to this program would be those children who are not already participating in the reading and math remediation programs after school. These students receive limited help at home due to their parents not being fluent in English and have trouble completing weekly homework assignments. Typically, these 1st or 2nd graders just need a little help with understanding the directions on their homework worksheets. Volunteers will work with average groups of 3-4 students. Tutors will meet with kids selected from ESL classes to help them complete homework packets assigned by their teachers. The kids are English-speakers, but their parents may not understand the instructions.
Homework Helper classes will meet from 3:30-4:30 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2nd Graders on Tuesdays, 1st Graders on Wednesdays. The program will begin February 7 and run through May 24.
- Skills needed: A loving and patient heart, no particular teaching ability is required. Think of it as helping your 1st or 2nd grade child or grandchild with their home work worksheets. Anyone who enjoys youngsters is sufficiently qualified. A staff teacher/coordinator will always be present.
- What to bring: Your FUMC provided Homework Helpers name tag and a loving heart. All Volunteers must also complete a HMES Volunteer form, prior to volunteering.
- When/Where: February 2 – May 24 on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. / Hugh Mercer Elementary School at 2100 Cowan Boulevard.
- Number Needed: 4 volunteers for each day initially
- Contact Information: Sandy Howson at 540-845-3894 or
Important Upcoming Dates
May 24, Last Homework Helper Day
May or June: Homework Helpers Program Lessons Learned Meeting, time and location to be determined.
CAN YOU HELP?
DOWNLOAD the required Hugh Mercer Elementary School Volunteer Form HERE. Print it, fill it out and bring it to the FUMC or Hugh Mercer Meeting.
Article from the Fredericksburg City Public Schools, Employee Exchange, December 2016.
Hugh Mercer Accepts Check from Fredericksburg United Methodist Church for ELL Homework Club
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church has partnered with Hugh Mercer to help create an English Language Learner Homework Club. Mrs. Dominguez, one of Hugh Mercer’s teachers, wrote a grant for this club and the grant was funded by United Methodist Church. This Club will provide homework help for students who speak English as a second language. As a result of this partnership, FUMC presented a check to Mrs. Tankersley, the principal, in the amount of $500 for school supplies and supplemental materials for the Homework Help class.
In addition, FUMC will provide volunteers who will tutor ELL students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school, beginning in February. They also provided a small stipend for the coordinator of the program and purchased high interest cultural books for students to read as part of their reading log.
Hugh Mercer is grateful to Pastor Larry Davies, David Brumbaugh, Trish Vaughan, Sandy Howson, Bill Botts and the congregation of United Methodist Church for their generosity and civic service in helping to make this club become a reality.