BY REBECCA OATS, Calvary Ministries of the West End
CommUNITY Scholars Afterschool Tutorial Program, with help from Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, has started the year with new energy. Using Technology to Achieve Progress, a new technical program funded by a Doing Good in the Neighborhood grant, Calvary Ministries of the West End is providing academic computer software and programming for students attending its afterschool program at Lyon Park. Because of the grant, the computer lab is a place of new ideas and excitement for our students, staff and parents.
Students now use the computer lab twice a week with an instructor, John Mosley, and an afterschool counselor, Southern High School student Michael Kern. They provide guidance, direction and assistance for the students’ learning. The students are presently doing research, typing lessons, writing reports and generally strengthening their creativity.
The computer lab staff is working to determine an evening that the lab will be open in order to engage parents from our program and community in technology.
Academic exercises are a part of each session in the lab to further assess students’ knowledge and aptitude in the areas of mathematics and reading. The lab will continue to adopt new lessons and programs that enrich students’ learning and academic achievements.