By Alie Shreiber ’13
Trinity College and the Office of Community Service offer two different, student-run tutoring services. ConnectiKids (CTKids) and the Kennelly Mentoring Program offer the opportunity to work with students of all different ages. CTKids is an on-campus tutoring service that is offered to elementary age children. The students from MD Fox Elementary School are brought via bus to Trinity’s campus. The program is offered on Mondays for 1st and 2nd graders and on Tuesdays for 4th graders for about an hour each. The program coordinator this year, Gavin Freeman ’14, commented that “The children are always a joy to work with and it is a very rewarding experience. Seeing the children make actual intellectual progress over an academic year because of our help as tutors is an experience unlike any other.” This past semester there were approximately 25 Trinity students who tutored, but the program needs more tutors for next semester. Students can help out on either Mondays or Tuesdays depending on their schedules. Current CTKids tutor Rachel Reingold ‘14 said: “I have been a mentor of CTKids mentoring for three semesters now, and find it to be one of the most amazing, constructive, and rewarding programs. CTKids provides both student and mentor with an opportunity to build a lasting relationship while aiding the student in their academic ventures. This mutually beneficial program creates an open and accepting environment for children to study, learn, and have fun while doing it all.” For more information on CTKids please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kennelly Mentoring program is in its 2nd year at Kennelly Middle School, but in its 5th year as a tutoring program at Trinity College. The program was originally founded at MD Fox Elementary School, but when MD Fox began its renovation last year the program moved to Kennelly. Trinity students spend time in 6th grade classrooms throughout the week. 45 students participated in the program this semester. The majority of students would go once a week for about an hour but some students go multiple times a week. Sarah Gardiner ’13 is one of the students who is leading this program this year. When asked about the program she stated that: “Trinity students spend time in 6th grade classrooms throughout the week providing one-on-one attention to students, investing in their success and developing meaningful relationships. They serve as tutors, role models, and ultimately, friends. We host all of our 6th graders on campus at the end of every semester for a celebration with food, games, and crafts. It’s always a wonderful time had by all.” If you are interested in more information about the program at Kennelly Middle School please email TrinityAtKennelly@gmail.com.