HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point University opened Community Writing Center on Monday. It is all possible due to a partnership between the University and Christ United Methodist Church.
Group reading activities and homework help are ways organizers of the center plan to help students develop their literacy skills.
"Students come into high school and college, and they really feel like reading and writing is a punishment or something they don't want to do. So we want to start young and show children that reading and writing is fun and will help them be fun for life," said Cara Kozma, assistant professor of english at HPU.
The program is for elementary and middle school-aged kids who live within a 10 mile radius of the school. It runs Monday through Thursday starting at 3:30 p.m.
Tutors say they want to give kids one-on-one attention that they may not receive at school.
"To have someone be able to help you learn it in a different way so you really understand it and feel like you can do it yourself is really helpful and makes you feel more confident as a student," said Briayna Cuffie, a service learning student at HPU.
There will also be several evening programs for parents focusing on resume building and how to talk about books with children.
Kozma says it is to make sure area families keep a focus on reading and writing.
"I think it really helps to create well-rounded students and students who are more academically successful," said Kozma.
Anyone interested in signing a student up for tutoring can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (336) 841-9506.
The center is free and open to the public, but enrollment is limited.