Eau Claire (WQOW)- After school, some kids find themselves home alone many nights of the week. Mom or Dad may be working and without anyone there to help with homework, grades could suffer. At the 3 to 5 Club afternoon tutoring is offered, free of cost.
Each Tuesday and Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire students from UW Eau Claire are ready to help tackle subjects like math, reading and science. "Working with them their confidence grows and they want to come in more. They want to learn and they want to do better," says Ryan Hughson, a senior at the college.
After snack time groups take off to find a quiet corner. It's this one on one time that, for many students, is making the difference between a "D" or an "A" in the classroom. Barbara Rolland, a retired UW Eau Claire professor and one of the founders of The 3 to 5 Club reflected on one of the many success stories saying, "A tutor was sitting in front of me and said 'Well, I know you had a test, how did you do?' and the student looked up and said 'I got a B+ it's my first one ever!'"
Hughson says he believes some of the success comes from the relationships students have with their tutors. "Sometimes it's just nice for the students to have an older person to talk to after school," he adds. "We're not just tutors we help them with more than their schoolwork"
The free, after school program has grown a lot since it's start 15 years ago. "A number of years ago a group of students were expelled from the high school here," explained Rolland. "We were worried they would get off track and not return to school. We actually began at the Parks and Recreation Building."
And as it was back then, Rolland says the doors remain open to anyone who needs a little extra help. "We have room to grow and we'd love to have more children come, we'd be delighted to."
The 3 to 5 Club meets each Tuesday and Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church on Rudolph Road in Eau Claire. After school help is offered free of cost, and everyone is welcome to join.