Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AASK ! By Elanie F

2012-13 academic year is the 15th anniversary of AASK! Since 1999, the AASK program has helped hundreds of students in Vose Elementary School and Whitford Middle School. Every year, students who are able to help others in academics are motivated to sign up AASK, because not only is AASK a tutoring program, it is also a bridge that connects little kids and us. 

From my personal experience from being involved with with AASK, I have found that the kids are always motivated to come to AASK. Can you imagine 11 year olds dash to you and jump on you? Or take your hand and tell you what he/she has done today and wait for your praise? The kids learn academic skills from the tutors, but they are also influenced by the tutors’ styles, emotions, as most importantly, behaviors. As the time passes by, the students’ ways of thinking and their behaviors are more shaped by the tutors, as their connection with each other gets stronger, too.


Katie L. who graduated last year, had this affecting conversation with a student in the AASK summer day camp. During the summer she was called by her camp name, “ladybug.” At the end of the camp, a fourth-grader approached her and asked, “What is your real name?” Katie replied, “My real name is Katie.” The little girl was slightly disappointed, “You are a butterfly!” 


Everyone, not only the students but also the tutors, finds the program very rewarding. It is great how many kids in AASK improved through the year on their reading and writing skills. However, as one of C.T. Henry’s favorite quote says: “Learning is a two-way street”.  This quote holds true in AASK, that impressively almost every tutor has expressed that they have learned more from their tutees during tutoring, such as culture, language, communication and even self-improvement. Yes, AASK is a two way street; it teaches both the tutors and tutees more than academics.


AASK has become a program that fulfills kids’ dreams in addition to the academic support. The key element for that to happen is the the tutors! There are so many students who sign up for AASK but do not get accepted because the lack of tutors. If you are moved by the innocent words and actions of the kids, like to be appreciated, adore kids, or if you want to give the kids a hand, please talk to Myra C. about joining AASK!

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