The Whiz Kids tutoring program was started locally in 2012 at Leesburg United Methodist Church. The Whiz Kids program is part of national program that began in Denver, Colorado in 1990 and has spread throughout the country. The Southwest Georgia area has ten churches who participate in Whiz Kids - eight in Albany, one in Bainbridge, and one in Leesburg. Through this program, churches partner with schools to provide help for students who are struggling with academic achievement through academic tutoring, positive mentoring relationships, and spiritual nurture.
Leesburg UMC partners with Kinchafoonee Primary School and Lee County Primary School. Volunteer tutors work with first and/or second graders who need academic tutoring every Wednesday from mid-October to Spring Break. The students are transported by church van from school to the church where they spend an hour one-on-one 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, we have served over 50 students. Each fall we recruit twenty 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 to serve as substitutes, van drivers, worship leaders, steering committee members, and to provide refreshments.
If you are interested in helping with the program, you can contact the church office at 759-2096 or Elaine Ruckel.