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May 2, 2011

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May 2, 2011

I have to commend Charles and LaVerne Banks for the desire to want to open up such a needed business in East Austin where so many of the kids and families are struggling just to make it not to mention to educate their children when a lot of the schools in my opinion are not top notch in their teaching style and what they are teaching our kids. Although this learning and tutoring center is small and new, they have great potential to really make a difference in the life of many children if 2 things could happen #1 they had more volunteers or the money to attract paid staff. #2 More of the community to accept this wonderful free service. Actually maybe there is #3 to stay open a little longer . I know there is a need, but from what I have seen I think the people that could benefit from this is in denial , because not many sign up. However some may have legitiimate reasons for the lack of interest. Mr and Mrs. Banks and the regular volunteers seem quite genunie about what they want to do for the children and community.

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Although the hours are short, I honestly did see some great improvement in some of the kids reading , and behavior from the begining of the session to the end of the summer session.

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I feel there needs to be a little more committment from the volunteers, a little more organization to achieve a hiher level of succeess, and a lot more tutors whether paid or volunteers.

April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

Charles and I formed the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin (LTCEA) because we wanted to share some of our resources to give back to our community. When Charles was constructing the building that houses the center, we were still tossing around ideas of what to do with the building once it was finished. One thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to benefit our community in some way. We could have opened a "for profit" business, but this would not satisfy our intentions of giving back. Our experience with tutoring children since 2009 in reading, math and writing has motivated us to improve on our services. We appreciate the difference we're making in our East Austin community.

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...seeing children benefit from our Summer Enrichment Tutoring Program. At the end of our sessions I've documented the progress of children with learning difficulties, especially in reading. It's also great to see that our volunteers feel rewarded for the valuable time they contribute.

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...improve on recruitment of volunteers in the areas of academics and our strategy to seek potential donors. Charles and I don't mind at all the part that we play to keep our mission alive for the benefit of our community's children, but we need more support.

April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

This organiztion fills a void in the community that has been missing for some time. The staff and volunteers are committed to the success of the children. I commend this staff for their dedication and determination in reaching out to the community to ensure that these children have a better future.

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It was gratifying to receive a picture of the happy group of children enjoying themselves during one of the sessions.

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Change nothing.

April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

LaVerne Banks is a woman who cares deeply about educating children who need more help to succeed. She and her husband have gifted the building and much of its contents to underprivileged youth. Their whole family plus volunteers they actively recruit tutor neighborhood kids who need practice to catch up in reading, writing, and math skills. This process is done with kindness and goodwill towards all involved.

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I've personally grown from knowing Mrs. Banks, and I think many other people have too.

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I would encourage more caring people to volunteer at the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin!

April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

The Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin does a lot for the community of children! The people there are dedicated. Their story is to make every child a success story. No child is a failure. They advocate education, education, education! And that every child deserves to go further in their education - college. It's not a dream but a goal. The Banks are wonderful, wonderful people. They are God-inspired and goal driven. We try to do our best to help in terms of given money and time.
It's all for a good cause. God bless the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin.

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I've spoken to the Banks time to time and they speak of the results going on. And it is all positive.

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No changes needed that I see at this time.

April 16, 2011

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April 16, 2011

In the summer, I volunteered at the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin (LTCEA) as a volunteer tutor in areas such as math, reading, writing, and geography. This center is a non-profit organization which provides free tutoring services to children in the East Austin area. The students' genuine desires and passions for learning as well as the dedication of the Banks family were truly inspiring. I really enjoyed working with everyone at the center, and I always felt extremely welcome. The entire experience of volunteering at LTCEA was truly a rewarding experience for me.

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witnessing the dedication of the youth. Tutoring was a new experience for me, and working with the children to come up with creative ideas to learn allowed me to grow as well.

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perhaps tutor in more subjects (history, the sciences, and foreign languages).

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

I volunteered at the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin in 2009 and return every year for a joyous, stimulating academic environment for our youngsters. As a tutor, my days are filled with reading and sharing the latest books with students or reviewing and proctoring math quizzes. The Center has proven to be a nurturing, warm haven that operates more like a family than a school. Projects and assignments indirectly prepare students for regular classwork and statewide exams. They’re so much fun, though, the students don’t realize they’re sharpening their skills for their next grade level.

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...a thousand ways. As a tutor for two consecutive years, I look forward to participating in the daily activities and assignments at the Learning Center. I've seen the joy and excitement on the faces of these students and know the Center is truly making a difference. They make learning fun. While our schools suffer by focusing on "teaching the test," the Center focuses on real learning.

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....tell the rest of the world how great the Center truly is. If I were Rick Perry, I would require every school district in the state to follow the curriculum and philosophy of the Learning and Tutoring Center of East Austin. The youngsters in the State of Texas would benefit enormously.

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