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College of Saint Elizabeth Students Return to Fifth Grade to Make a Difference

College of Saint Elizabeth Students Return to  Fifth Grade to Make a Difference

Sarah Bechtel, ‘14, an English major, was ready to try something new, so she jumped at the opportunity to tutor Sebastian, a Morristown fifth grader, as one of 17 College of Saint Elizabeth students to volunteer for Student SOAR is a partnership between the Morris School district and CSE, organized by Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. of Morristown’s Bethel AME Church and his wife, Teresa Williams, executive director of the Spring Street Community Development Corp, also in Morristown, N.J.

"This is such a wonderful thing they are doing for these kids,” says Pastor Williams. “We need to have more people and organizations that are willing to provide these types of services to show these kids that there are a lot of people who care for them!”

For two afternoons a week for 12 weeks beginning in January 2012, the group gives one-on-one math and literacy tutoring to Morristown fifth graders to prepare them to enter middle school next year.

 “It’s hard at first, but it gets easier,” states Njeri Johnson, ’15, who plans to major in math and minor in education. “You have to set a boundary when you meet them. We’re close to their age, but we’re the tutors and they’re the students.

 “You can’t do this for the money,” she continues. “You have to be here because you like to do this.”

 Spoken like a true teacher.

The SOAR program is the subject of a lengthy article that appeared on the Morristown Green web site. Click here to read more http://morristowngreen.com/2012/01/31/new-program-aims-to-help-morristown-5th-graders-soar/.