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Contact: Ray Wyman, Jr.
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NEED FOR VOLUNTEER TUTORS CRITICAL FOR ORANGE COUNTY STUDENTS


Free Tutoring Program Seeks To Help At-Risk School Children


ORANGE, CALIF., August 1, 1997 -- The need for volunteer tutors in Orange County has become critical, according to Homework House, an organization that offers free tutoring to "at risk" school children in Orange County.

"We need caring individuals who can give these kids a few hours of their time each week," says Volunteer Coordinator, Marcia Marcinko. "We provide tutor guidance and training, so you don't need prior teaching experience."

Homework House was established over five years ago to give school-age children free academic assistance and guidance. "Our kids need role models," comments Marcinko. "By showing them how learn, volunteers can help these kids acquire life skills that will keep them from becoming involved in gang activity or other delinquent behavior."

"Our program offers a unique opportunity for children who are at risk of slipping into non-productive roles in our community," says the program's Executive Director, Barbara Abouchar. "Every year, we help dozens of under privileged children who are falling further and further behind with no hope for recovery unless they get tutoring."

Tutors for grades 1 through 8 should have knowledge in basic reading and math. Volunteers for the high school program should have knowledge of math, reading, English composition and other topics. There is also a need for volunteer computer lab supervisors who have a grasp of basic computer operations with Microsoft Windows 95 software and Internet access.

Homework House is open Monday through Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for grades 1 through 8; and Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 for high school. Administrative offices are located at 205 South Glassell Street in Orange, Calif. For more information, please contact Barbara Abouchar at (714)633-1691 or Marcia Marcinko at (714)694-0965. Also visit the website at http://www.heavypen.com/homework

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