Children's Home Society of West Virginia, in collaboration with West Virginia University Honors Program, is providing free of charge tutoring services in a minimum of eleven local schools within the Monongalia County area. This tutoring service is designed to help those students who are at risk of retention or of dropping out of school. Students referred to this program will receive tutoring on a weekly basis from the same assigned tutor for the duration of the semester. This program is beginning its seventh year of operation. Funding for this much needed program is being provided by West Virginia University and Monongalia County School Board. Additional funding is needed to cover the cost of tutors' mileage to and from local schools, some of which are 25 miles away from the Morgantown area. Funding is also needed to cover the cost of materials provided to tutors during their training sessions. These training sessions, totaling 9 hours, are provided by Children's Home Society staff prior to tutors' placements in their respective assigned schools.
Each WVU tutor will maintain a reflective journal of their experiences in the program, which will be evaluated by WVU faculty on a regular basis. Each WVU tutor will meet periodically in a group setting to reflect on their service learning experiences. These sessions will be facilitated by Children's Home Society of West Virginia staff and/or WVU faculty.