The Whiz Kids tutoring program is a joint venture between local churches and schools to provide free tutoring and encouragement for students who need extra help, particularly in the area of reading. Whiz Kids is part of a national program which began in Denver in 1990. Leesburg UMC is one of 11 churches in southwest Georgia who participate in the Whiz Kids program. In Leesburg, Leesburg UMC and the Leesburg Church of Christ partner with Lee County Primary School and Kinchafoonee Primary School to provide help for students who are struggling with academic achievement through academic tutoring, positive mentoring relationships, and spiritual nurture.
LUMC partners with Lee County Primary School to provide volunteer tutors who work with first and second graders who need academic tutoring. We meet every Wednesday in the church fellowship hall from mid-October to Spring Break. The students are transported by church van where they spend an hour of one-on-one instruction with the volunteer tutor. The session ends with a fifteen minute time of singing and worship in which we share the love of God with our students.
Since the program began in 2012, LUMC has served over 120 students. Each fall, we recruit adult tutors who are willing to give of their time to encourage children academically and spiritually. No special training is needed. The church provides the necessary materials and guidance. We also need adults and older youth who are willing to serve as substitutes, van drivers, worship leaders, and to provide refreshments.
If you are interested in helping with the program, you may contact the church office at 229-759-2096 or Elaine Ruckel at 229-347-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.