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): http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb.

What did you read over the holidays?

 

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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!

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The impact of an after school program


According to the Afterschool Alliance (www.afterschoolalliance.org/aboutUs.cfm),

"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 (www.toledomennonite.org).

 

Back to school - 2013!!

How did it get to be the first week of school again so soon?

I hope you have had a great summer - mine has been productive, involving teaching nearly 200 students in my summer reading classes since June: in Ft. Wayne, Perrysburg, Toledo, and Findlay, and also spending lots of time with my fiancee as we plan our wedding!

But the children in our neighborhood--at McTigue Elementary next door and Hawkins Elementary just north of us on Bancroft Street--will be back in school tomorrow! My prayers are with the students, parents, teachers, and staff at both schools as they begin a new year of learning.

TMC Tutoring will be here again--for the thirteenth year!--to provide support for a dozen or so of these chidlren (from the 1st through the 4th grade), starting September 30th. It is a privilege to get to know and to serve the students and parents involved in our small after school program, as well as to know and work with the high school students and adults who give their time and energy and gifts to help support our elementary students.

I'm thankful for God's goodness to us last year (2012-2013): we served 23 students from 7 families: 16 from McTigue and 7 from Hawkins. Eighteen of our students were with us all year! And thirty-three teens and young adults volunteered over 1300 hours to the program last year.

I eagerly anticipate God's ongoing faithfulness to us, as God generously gives us all the opportunity to participate in God's love for the children and families in our neighborhood.

If you would like to send your child to TMC Tutoring this year, or if you are interested in volunteering, please don't hesitate to give me a call, or send me an email!

Grace and Peace in Christ to you this year.

-Scott Coulter, TMC Tutoring Director

Back to School!!

Summer is over and school is beginning! The students in our neighborhood have their first day of school tomorrow!

I am excited about being back at TMC Tutoring for a new year! I sent letters and registration forms to parents of students who attended tutoring last year, and I hope several new families will be signing their kids up for our program over the next several weeks.

About TMC Tutoring:

  • We are still a free program, providing a safe place after school, supervised activities, a nutritious snack, homework help, and an emphasis on reading.
  • All our students must attend McTigue, Hawkins, or Keyser Elementary.
  • We are working with first, second, third, and fourth graders this year.
  • The first day of tutoring is Monday, October 1st.
  • We will be open four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 3:15-5:15 PM.
  • Drop Off: We are happy to pick up McTigue students and walk them next door to our building. Parents of Hawkins and Keyser students must arrange transportation for the students to get to our location after school.
  • Pick Up: All parents must arrange for their children to be picked up from our facility (Toledo Mennonite Church) at 5501 Nebraska Avenue (next to McTigue) by 5:15pm each day. If someone other than the child's parents/guardians will be picking a student up, parents must give us advance notice and their ride must show a picture ID.
  • Registration: Registration packets are available from our church office. Send us an email at toledomennonite@gmail.com or call the church office at 419-536-1251 for more information. We also hope to get registration packets to the elementary school offices for parents' convenience soon.
  • Volunteering: We are recruiting volunteers who want to work with first through fourth graders at our church, providing homework help and reading support one or two days a week after school. Contact the church office if you are interested in volunteering at the tutoring program.
  • Support: Our annual Quilt Show Weekend is September 28-29 at Toledo Mennonite Church. Come see over 50 handmade quilts and support the tutoring program. Donations to TMC Tutoring should be made to Toledo Mennonite Church, with "tutoring" written in the memo line of your check.

 

Grace & Peace,

Scott Coulter, Director, TMC Tutoring

Toledo Mennonite Church

 

Another Year Of Service

The last day of TMC Tutoring for the 2011-2012 school year was May 24th. We have now served our local community for eleven years! We had a good year getting to know and serve fourteen different kids from nearby public elementary schools, and began to build relationships with eight families whose children attended our program consistently throughout the whole year. While these numbers seem a little small, numbers are not necessarily the best measurement of positive impact on our community.

Thank you so much to the 15 students from St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy, 6 students from Notre Dame Academy, 5 students from Central Catholic High School, and 2 students from Rogers High School who gave their time as volunteer tutors this year: a total of approximately 550 hours. And to the fourteen members of our congregation that also served the program in some capacity this year, as a regular tutor, a substitute/short-term tutor, a shepherd, helping with snack, etc. And thanks to the Reynolds Corners Rotary Club, the congregation of Toledo Mennonite Church, and others who generously gave financial resources to make the tutoring program possible. Not least, thank you to all those who supported our work in prayer throughout the year.

Please continue to pray for the schools we serve (McTigue and Hawkins Elementary), and their staff and teachers as they prepare for the coming school year. Pray for me (Scott) and others involved in planning for the next year of the tutoring program: especially Karen Rupp and others involved in planning for our annual Quilt Show fundraiser at the church. Pray for all of our students and tutors and their families throughout the summer. And pray for all those by whom we will be blessed and whom we will serve in the coming year.

May God Bless you this summer!

-Scott Coulter, Director, TMC Tutoring (A Ministry of Toledo Mennonite Church)

Quilt Show Fundraiser this weekend!!

For many people when they think of Mennonites, they think of quilts!!  Come see some of these beautiful, handmade works of art, many of them made in Toledo!

 

TMC Tutoring is a free tutoring program for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who are at risk of failing in reading or math.  We are able to provide this free after school program to our neighborhood because of the financial support of generous donors such as the Reynolds Corners Rotary Foundation and the congregation of Toledo Mennonite Church. But we also need additional financial support!

The annual quilt show is our main fundraiser for tutoring.  Not only is this a great way to give to the children in our neighborhood, it is a wonderful cultural event!!  See over 30 handmade quilts on display!!  Purchase crafts, fabrics, books, and bake sale items.  Come Friday evening at 6:30pm for the coffee-house style concert and meal (suggested donation for admission: $20).

We hope to see you there!

Check out the event pages on Facebook for the quilt show:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=268478186505993

https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=252752038093677

What is TMC Tutoring?

TMC Tutoring is a ministry of Toledo Mennonite Church.

We provide one-on-one tutoring focused on homework completion and reading enrichment (also math) for first, second, and third graders who attend McTigue Elementary School and Hawkins Elementary School. All our students are referred to us by their teachers as struggling in reading or math.

If you have a child attending one of these schools who is struggling, talk to your teacher or the secretary at the school office for more information and for a registration packet. Or, call us at the program directly! The church office phone number is 419-536-1251.

We would love to answer any questions you might have!

TMC Tutoring

The 2011-2012 school year will be TMC Tutoring's eleventh year of operation!! And my second year as program director. I am very excited about new opportunities this year - especially the opportunity to serve students from McTigue Elementary School (formerly McTigue Middle School, now a K-8 school), our next door neighbor!

Our anticipated start date for this year is Monday, October 3rd.

We will operate from 3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday except on days TPS students do not go to school (for example, holidays and snow days), until May 24th.

We are recruiting tutors and other volunteers! Interested? Contact me (Scott Coulter) at the church office: 419-536-1251, or email me: scott[dot]k[dot]coulter[at]gmail[dot]com.  (Replace the [dot]s and [at] with appropriate characters).