A sometimes overlooked service group at Christian Brothers High School has been making a difference to elementary students for over 20 years. LaSallian Youth is a highly organized and respected group at CB. The organization is composed of over 50 CB students that freely give up their Monday and Wednesday afternoons to share their knowledge […]
A sometimes overlooked service group at Christian Brothers High School has been making a difference to elementary students for over 20 years.
LaSallian Youth is a highly organized and respected group at CB. The organization is composed of over 50 CB students that freely give up their Monday and Wednesday afternoons to share their knowledge by tutoring and mentoring elementary students at St. Patrick’s Succeed Academy on nearby Franklin Boulevard.
The tutors spend about an hour to an hour and a half working with students in various subject matters as well as giving them helpful advice for life’s most difficult obstacles and most triumphant moments.
“We got involved with St. Pat’s and tutoring because many of us saw the need to tutor kids in the neighborhood and to get really involved in serving our local community,” said LaSallian Youth moderator Dr. Holly Peterson.
Many students at St. Pat’s struggle with arithmetic and reading and are therefore recommended by their teachers to attend this free service. CB tutors work effectively with one to two students to better help them understand the material they may not understand fully in their class of 20 plus children.
Vicky Hai (’13) has been apart of LaSallian Youth since her sophomore year and has greatly enjoyed helping students and watching them grow as individuals, even with the short amount of time they are with them.
“I went along with some friends and I’ve been apart of it ever since,” the senior says. “I just enjoy spending time with the kids and I know that it really helps them.”
Although LaSallian Youth will not be participating in their annual Halloween event this year with the students, they plan to work diligently in producing a wonderful Christmas event for the kids of St. Pat’s.
In the past, the LaSallian Youth gave presents but then the principal at St. Pat’s found the need and had a strong desire to improve literacy and reading habits and decided to give the students books.
“Many students don’t have books at home to read, and to give a student a book for Christmas is a real gift. They really really love books,” Dr. Peterson says.
Each year LaSallian Youth asks for the CB community’s help in donating new or gently used books that they can give to the students.
LaSallian Youth works extremely hard to motivate reading and high literacy rates by motivating and helping them improve in areas in which they are found having the most difficulty.
The group always welcomes new members of any grade level who have a genuine commitment and interest in serving our local community. If there are any questions please contact Dr. Peterson in room 202.
These CB Falcons truly know how to live by our motto: Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve. Thank you LaSalian Youth, for all of your hard work, commitment, and genuine care for our community. Your efforts are greatly valued.