J.J. Rhoads Tutoring
August 2, 2017
By David Black
8:00 every Monday morning. That’s when I tutored at J.J. Rhoads, often wondering why I had chosen to do this so early in the week. On my way to the school, I often thought of all the other things I could be doing. I’d arrive as announcements rang through the loud speakers with activities of the day, birthdays and the Pledge of Allegiance.
When my students and I sat down together, we’d exchange stories from the previous week. I’d hear about baseball games and the special meals grandmothers cooked for Sunday dinner. The boundless energy of my students lifted me as we moved through the year from word drills to reading, and their progress made it all worth it.
Every time I left the school, my heart was filled with joy from seeing the smiles of those boys as they reveled in their successes. They were learning and growing and pleased to show me their success. As they grew in their reading skills, so did our friendship, and I have been BLESSED by their presence in my life.
As we look forward to a new school year, our Rise partnership with J.J. Rhoads continues to expand, including tutoring, chaperoning field trips, hosting teacher appreciation events, administrative help, and so much more. To learn about ways you may get involved, we invite you to lunch after worship Sunday, August 27th.