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Kids benefit from homework club

Lorna McDaniel

Some students at Gardnerville Elementary have joined a new club that is bound to improve their grades.

Fifth and 6th grade teacher Jason Carter and his wife Trina, who volunteers, started the homework club in February.

Jason told the school board Tuesday the club has already been popular with 35 kids who have come to the before- and after-school study group.

He said that club is designed to try and meet the needs of at-risk kids.

“It is not just to do homework, but it is also a time to catch up after an absence,” he said.

He said kids get extra help with math and reading.

“(The club) gives them an adult to give them a pat on the back,” he said of the students who have working parents. “It touches my heart, with these kids, that we are not only meeting their educational needs, but their physical needs.”

He said he is encouraged by the students who are taking the responsibility for seeking extra help.

“As staff, we realized there was a need (for the club) and it kind of grew from there,” Jason said.

The study group meets in room 2 of the main building.

With parent-arranged transportation, students can join the homework club Wednesday and Thursday from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. or Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The bus to Carson Valley Middle School and then to GES is available for homework club members on Tuesdays.

Call 782-5117 for information.