Bryant work study program tutors elementary students at Greenville Library

By Glenn Laxton

Cameron Lough is 5-years-old and receiving help with the sounds of letters, making it easier for him to spell and print them. He is in kindergarten at St. Philip’s School in Greenville.

His sister, 8-year-old Avery Lough, is in the third grade at the same school and is improving her math skills.

Both youngsters are being tutored at the Greenville Public Library, which has teamed up with Bryant University in a federal Work Study Program as part of the America Reads Challenge that provides reading tutors to elementary school children in grades 1-8.

It is a great opportunity that permits students to improve skills in various subjects. There is no cost to the families and tutors get paid through a grant to the school.

Yuliandra Henriquez is a freshman at Bryant studying international business and picking up some money toward her tuition by tutoring Cameron.

“I was looking for a work study program and found it on the university’s website,” Yuliandra said.

“ I wanted to do tutoring and applied for this job,” said the East Providence resident, who began the tutoring session with Cameron by making an “S” sound, allowing him to pronounce and spell a word.

It is much the same for Cameron’s big sister, Avery, who is getting extra help from freshman Marissa Falcetti, a math major, from Wilbraham, Mass. Avery is reading and printing, before taking up the cursive method of writing out words. Cursive is a developmental skill that comes by the second grade.

Marissa, who also found the tutoring job through the online opportunity at Bryant was assigned to the Greenville Public Library.

“There are all sorts of work study jobs at Bryant, even some in the school’s library but this sounded more appealing to me,” said Marissa.

Babs Wells, Children’s Librarian, sent a letter to parents, explaining the program that allows participants to meet at the library after school and in the evening once a week for an hour of one-on-one tutoring. The program has been offered for more than 10 years.

“The parents sign their children up for either enrichment in math or reading,” Wells said. “When we find out what the children’s availability is, we match them with Bryant students.”

For the past year, the Director of the Greenville Library Dorothy Swain has wholeheartedly endorsed the work-study program.

The youngsters appear to be very much “into” meeting with the Bryant Freshmen.

Cameron spoke right up when asked if he liked just beginning his school career. He promptly corrected the man asking the question by telling him he’d already been a student in pre-school last year.