By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 —
The Michelin Challenge Education Program works in conjunction with Title 1 schools to provide tutors and mentors for students. For the last two years, the Michelin US 11 team has partnered with Norwood Elementary to provide capable tutors to first and second graders. Last year the program provided tutors for math classes, and this year they will help with literacy as well.
Connie Tredway was one of the program’s tutors last year; she tutored a first grader. According to Tredway, each tutor in the program works a unique regimen depending on the needs of the teacher in charge. Some of the tutors work one-on-one with their pupils, while others may have multiple students. All of the work is conducted once a week within the classroom in a 30 minute time frame.
“The first day I tutored this student in math. This little girl, Kyndall Purser, chose to work with me; she didn’t want anyone else working with me. I tutored just her the entire year,” said Tredway of her experience with the program.
Tredway explained that at first it was difficult to keep her pupil’s attention, but that quickly changed. She was able to see a definite transition in the student’s attitude and desire to learn; her pupil benefitted from the individual ministrations of the tutoring program. Tredway relayed that the experience of knowing she was making a difference was rewarding. It fulfilled within her a desire to teach.
“Pretty soon my student was ready to work at every session. She couldn’t wait to show me the work she’d done throughout the week and what she’d learned. She became eager.
“I knew it would be a commitment to US 11 and a personal commitment I had to make every week. But if something came up and I couldn’t make it one week, it was Kyndall that held me accountable. She was the one who expected me to be there. I liked Kyndall holding me accountable; I liked knowing I was making a difference in her life,” said Tredway.
The program was launched by Michelin four years ago and is one of the ways Michelin has become part of helping the community.
“Certainly, we’re trying to ensure the future of potential Michelin employees, but this is more about seeing what we can do to help out the future inventors and investors of America,” said Dan Bruinsma, of the Human Resources department at Michelin US 11.
The Michelin Challenge Education Program will continue to assist Norwood Elementary for the rest of the 2012-2013 year.