Happy New Year 2017!

Tutoring went well in October & November. We started off the year with a great fundraiser at the Toledo Mennonite Church Quilt Show, with special musical guest Kerry Patrick Clark. We've been serving seven students from McTigue Elementary, and fourteen volunteers gave their time to the program in the first part of the year as tutors for our students. (Check out our Facebook page to read the updates posted during the fall).

We are all set to resume this Monday, January 9, after our winter break! We have missed our students and are looking forward to seeing them again. New volunteers are starting this week as well, which we are very excited about.

Photo Credit: Barney Moss, from Flickr (License: CC-BY-2.0)

Reading new books is also a fun way to celebrate a new year!

The American Library Association has a great list of notable new children's books that were published in 2016, sorted by audience (Younger Readers, Middle Readers, Older Readers):

What did you read over the holidays?



TMC Tutoring has been serving neighborhood schoolchildren since 2001. We provide free after school tutoring with empasis on reading and math for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who attend McTigue Elementary School. If you are interested in volunteering with the tutoring program, if you have a student who needs homework help, or for more information please contact Scott Coulter by phone (see the phone number in the photo of our flyer on the left - click on the image to see the full-size photo).


Make Time for Reading

I love to read! Reading fiction in the evening when I get home from work helps me relax, even if I can only find 15-20 minutes to sit down with a mystery novel on my Kindle. Through books I can meet interesting characters, and see what it’s like inside their heads. I can go on exciting adventures, and explore new places.

"Reading Time"; Creative Commons License BY-NC 2.0Reading books is especially important for children. Reading is a skill that takes a lot of practice, and childhood is a great time to get a lot of practice reading. The more kids read, the more they develop confidence in their ability to read, and the more they enjoy reading. As a reading teacher, I generally recommend that children in 1st-3rd grade spend between 15-30 minutes a day reading in books that are the right level of difficulty for them.

At TMC Tutoring, we make sure our students have time to read each day, and we encourage them to read for pleasure. Our volunteer tutors support students by helping them choose books at the right level of difficulty, by encouraging and helping students as they read aloud, and also by reading books out loud to the students.

As this great flyer explains, children benefit more from spending 20 minutes reading in a book they can read with ease and confidence, than with a book that they find too challenging and frustrating.1

TMC Tutoring begins in October. We are currently enrolling students (1st-3rd graders from McTigue Elementary) and recruiting volunteers. For more information about our program, or to volunteer or to enroll a child, please contact me by phone. Click on the photo below for my contact information.

TMC Tutoring Flyer


First Day of School!

TMC Tutoring Poster Display for McTigue Open HouseToday is the first day of school at McTigue Elementary! Our prayers are with the principal, Ms. Turner, the acting assistant principal, Ms. Keller, and all the staff and faculty at McTigue, and with all the students and their parents. Thank you for your hard work! We wish you a great school year!

I had the privilege of being at McTigue yesterday evening for the open house. I saw many familiar faces, including some former tutoring students now in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and their parents. I also saw some students and parents who will be returning to TMC Tutoring later this fall, and heard about their summer activities. And of course I met many new students and parents, and told many people about our free after school tutoring program for 1st-3rd graders next door at Toledo Mennonite Church.

TMC Tutoring begins in October! We are recruiting volunteers to come one or two days a week after school to help a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader with homework, reading, and math. We are also looking for some volunteers to help with our annual Quilt Show Fundraiser on the first Friday of October (Oct 7-8). If you are interested in volunteering, or if you would like more information about TMC Tutoring, please contact me by phone. Click on the photo below for my contact information.

TMC Tutoring Flyer for McTigue Open House

May the Peace of Christ be with you!

In Christ's Service,

Scott Coulter, Director of TMC Tutoring

    Contact Mr. Scott for registration information, or to volunteer.Mr. Scott, Director of TMC Tutoring 


TMC Tutoring 2014-2015

What we do

Four days a week (Monday - Thursday) from October through May, TMC Tutoring offers first, second, and third graders a safe place to be after school, a loving environment, homework help from dedicated volunteers, and a nutritious snack -- all at NO COST to parents or schools.

We have served early elementary students from the Toledo Public Elementary Schools in our neighborhood since 2001. In recent years, most of our students attend McTigue Elementary School, which is right next door to Toledo Mennonite Church.

Our primary mission is to serve first, second, and third graders who struggle in reading or math. We also have a mission to involve teens in service. Most of our tutoring staff are volunteers ages 14-18.

For information about enrolling your child, or about volunteering with the program, contact Scott Coulter at 535 2918 (area code 419).

Thank you to the Reynolds Corners Rotary Foundation, Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA, Toledo Mennonite Church, and everyone who contributes to our Quilt Show Fundraiser, for all of your financial support!


The impact of an after school program

According to the Afterschool Alliance (,

"Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today."

  • "In communities today, 15.1 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends.
  • "Just 8.4 million children are in afterschool programs--but the parents of another 18.5 million children say their children would participate in afterschool if a program were available.
  • "A report on 21st Century Community Learning Centers (afterschool programs receiving federal funds) showed that 45 percent of all participants improved their reading grades, and 41 percent improved their math grades.
  • "On school days, the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.
  • "Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity.
  • "Parents with children in afterschool programs are less stressed, have fewer unscheduled absences and are more productive at work."

TMC Tutoring is blessed to be a very small piece of a greater picture, by providing free afterschool tutoring to about 12-16 students from our neighborhood each year.

Come join us! Volunteer now, or plan to join us at our Quilt Show Fundraiser, Sept 26-27 at Toledo Mennonite Church.


Volunteers Needed, and Spots for Students Available

TMC Tutoring will begin on Monday, Sept 30th.

If you have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grader attending McTigue or Hawkins Elementary School, there is still time to enroll your student in our free after school tutoring program! For more information, please call me at 535 2918 (area code 419).

I also need more volunteer tutors!! Volunteers can work one or more days a week, Monday through Thursday (there is no tutoring on Fridays). Volunteers should arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 PM, and will be done by 5:15 PM each afternoon. For more information, please call me at the same number given above.


Thank you to the Reynolds Corners Rotary Foundation for their continued financial support this year!

Come and visit our Quilt Show the weekend of Sept 27-Sept 28 at the church! The main event is on Friday evening. This is the main fundraising event for TMC Tutoring that we have each fall. For more information, see the church homepage (