Students from Foothill and Hillview high schools in Santa Ana have been participating in a nationwide tutoring program, "Helping One Student to Succeed," joining other volunteers at Robert P. Heideman Elementary in the Tustin Unified School District.
About 118 pupils in third, fourth and fifth grades are getting individual tutoring and a study plan, according to Shelia Feher, an instructional aide and coordinator for the program at Heideman School.
Tutors visit the school twice a week and spend nearly an hour per session, helping the youngsters with reading or homework, as well as vocabulary and word game exercises.
"The children really appreciate the tutors' help and special attention," Feher said. The program is supported through Chapter 1 funds.
The Centurian Scroll, the student newspaper at Cypress High School asked: What's the biggest problem facing our society today?
"Lack of education in our schools," said one student. "I mean people are being passed who can't read a lick. What's up with that?"