The Garden Hills Homework Club is an afterschool program in which Parkland students, faculty, and staff tutor 3rd–5th graders to improve their reading skills, support their academic success, and act as positive role models. The Garden Hills Homework Club was co‐founded in the fall of 2007 by Brian Nudelman, English faculty and director of Service Learning at Parkland College, and Lauren Smith, community outreach coordinator for Champaign Unit 4 Schools.
Garden Hills Elementary School was selected because of its proximity to Parkland and because of Garden Hills’ high percentage of low-income and limited-English-proficient students. Initially the focus of the Homework Club was on helping Garden Hills students complete their homework but has since transitioned to improving reading and literacy skills. Volunteers tutor students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3–4pm and they work with the same student throughout the entire semester in order to provide a consistent, positive college role model.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Garden Hills Homework Club. On Wednesday, March 8, The Garden Hills Homework Club is hosting an open house at Parkland College in room D244 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. It will also be a demonstration of the Homework Club, including mindfulness meditation, the PALS (peer assisted learning system) reading program, and snacks for all attendees.
For more information about the Garden Hills Homework Club, how to volunteer, or to RSVP to the Homework Club Open House please contact Josh Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 353-3302.