'Homework club' making school work fun for kids

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by LORI MATSUKAWA / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Updated Thursday, May 17 at 7:36 PM

SEATTLE -- Even on a sunny afternoon, the youngsters stream into the New Holly Family Center to do their homework!

It's because the Homework Club, organized by the Atlantic Street Center, makes schoolwork fun. Part of it is because parents and kids learn together.
 
Many of the students are immigrants or non-English speaking. Volunteer Margaret Balderama said reading books outloud or doing art projects together as a family enhance learning and give parents confidence.
 
"These parents become my friends," said Balderama. "We talk about how our kids are doing. And these youngsters, you can just see the lights going on, they get so energized by learning!"
 
Studies show graduating from high school is an important stepping stone to financial independence. Programming coordinator Marath Men said over the years, youngsters who came to Homework Club as second graders are now graduating from high school and volunteering in the program to encourage the next generation.
 
"We think these relationships encourage the students to do their best in school. It is very satisfying to me," said Men.
 
The Homework Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the New Holly Family Center. There is a waiting list.  

For more information, contact Sue Siegenthaler (206) 723-4073 ex. 106 or sues@atlanticstreet.org

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