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City Gospel Mission
November 18, 2011

I began tutoring a year ago with Whiz Kids and was assigned to a 3rd grade boy at JP Parker. He was bright, but did not like to work and got frustrated quickly. He rarely completed his homework. So, instead of teaching him about academics, my role was to encourage him to be diligent and persevere. I also learned that he wanted to learn to swim as he was attending Kings Dominion. My parents live in a retirement home with a beautiful pool that was close to my student's neighborhood. I became a mentor with the ability to drive him places.

Weekly, I'd take him over to the pool and three of us would swim, my elderly mother, me and my student. It was a treat for all three of us to play in the water. Similar to his situation at school, he was easily frustrated when he could not float, or swim the width of the pool. The same principles, diligence and perseverance were used in this endeavor. While the student certainly benefited as he learned to swim, his visit and progress brought tremendous joy to my mother and the other people at the retirement home.

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the support they gave me as I wanted a deeper friendship with the child that I tutored. They also provided advice when I was not sure how to proceed. My student enjoyed swimming so much that his siblings often came with him. Because of safety issues, I could only teach 2 children at a time (there were 3 siblings). But, it was so difficult to leave a child at home on a hot day. Whiz Kids (Nathan) helped me find a solution.

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Volunteer & tutored a child and then taught them to swim .

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