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Parkway to Kick Off Fifteenth Year With OASIS

This fall the Parkway OASIS program will begin its fifteenth year. The program started in the fall of 1992 with 38 tutors, and by the end of that year, 79 tutors were helping Parkway students develop reading and language skills. At an end of the year banquet this May, Parkway thanked about 200 tutors who participated in the program in 2006. As the program gears up for the 2006-2007 school year, more tutors are needed. "The reading mentors are a big asset to the district and theyre loved in the schools," said Parkway OASIS coordinator Barb Clark. "They provide a much needed service to children who just need a little extra mentoring. We are really thankful to have had so many great mentors last school year, some of those mentors have been in the program since it started. Were looking for more energetic volunteers this coming year to be mentors and friends to Parkway students who need help developing a positive attitude toward learning." The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program matches trained older adult volunteers with students mainly in grades K-3 who need help developing reading and language skills. Tutors work with their student about one hour a week at the school, and do not need any prior teaching experience. For information on how to become a tutor, please call Barb Clark at (314) 415-8121.