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HPU Opens Community Writing Center to Help Local Children

09.10.2013
Dr. Cara Kozma, assistant professor of English, and HPU junior Miles Cooper read to children in HPU’s new Community Writing Center.

Dr. Cara Kozma, assistant professor of English, and HPU junior Miles Cooper read to children in HPU’s new Community Writing Center.

Junior Briayna Cuffie offers homework help to a 6-year-old student.

Junior Briayna Cuffie offers homework help to a 6-year-old student.

Junior Patrick Duggan reads with a second grader from High Point.

Junior Patrick Duggan reads with a second grader from High Point.

High Point students from elementary to high school can now get extra homework help and support from High Point University students.

HPU recently opened the new Community Writing Center near campus to tutor local students in reading and writing. The center is funded by a High Point University Think Big Grant, which awards funds to professors with innovative projects designed to inspire learning.

“Students come into high school and college and feel like reading and writing is a punishment or something they don’t want to do. We really want to start young and show children that reading and writing is fun and something that will help them be successful in life,” says Dr. Cara Kozma, assistant professor of English and assistant director of Service Learning.

Kozma and Dr. Charmaine Cadeau, assistant professor of English, worked to get the Writing Center off of the ground. It will be operated and staffed by HPU students throughout the year who will tutor elementary through high school students after school.

HPU senior Alison Hansen and junior Briayna Cuffie will work as the volunteer coordinators at the center. Cuffie says she’s even more excited about the work they’re doing now that the center is open for business.

“I love the creativity with their homework,” says Cuffie. “It’s fun to see the different ways kids can learn their lessons.”

The center will be open after school Monday through Thursday, and will offer a short group program using creative writing and reading activities, followed by homework help for students. There will also be several evening programs for parents that will focus on resume building, how to talk about books with children and digital literacy.

“This is a great opportunity for our English and education students in service learning courses to really use what they’re learning in their classes, and it allows them to give back to the community and get to know their neighbors,” adds Kozma.

Those interested in signing a student up for tutoring at the writing center can send an email to cwc@highpoint.edu or call 841-9506. The center is free and open to the public, but enrollment is limited.

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