Y.E.S. pairs kids young and old
If you walk into Kings Mills Elementary on any given Monday afternoon, you will find many students, young and old, collaborating and helping each other learn and grow.
This is the Y.E.S. Program. Started three years ago, the student-to-student tutoring program is now run by Susan McCrackin, a substitute teacher at KME. It is held at 3:30 p.m. every Monday in the KME cafeteria.
The program was designed to pair KME students with a mentor from the high school or junior high who can help them with the school work they can’t complete on their own. According to Susan McCrackin, it helps those KME students in and out of the classroom.
“It makes the younger students more confident in their classwork and homework,” said McCrackin.
It also benefits the high school students because they can earn community service hours.
“It helps the older kids understand the skills and knowledge the younger kids have to possess at this age,” McCrackin said.
Lahrenn Thibodeau, an eighth grader at the junior high school who just got involved in the program this year, feels the program has benefited her by showing her how rewarding it can be to help others.
“I love little kids, and I love to help them out, to see the look on their face when they finally get something,” said Thibodeau.
She also takes pride in knowing that she is giving the younger kids the confidence they need to work things out on their own.
“I feel like I’m helping the students in realizing that they can figure things out if they try hard enough,” said Thibodeau.
Helping the younger students of the Kings community can be fulfilling experience, and Thibodeau says she would recommend it to anybody.
“It’s great to work with the kids, and to make a connection with them, that’s incredible.”