Newton Tutoring: La Conexión

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Every Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Lang drives a van full of enthusiastic Blair students to the Migrant Ministry Office in nearby Newton where students have the opportunity to tutor young immigrant students. The parents of these students often work long hours, so it is difficult for them to provide their children with help on their schoolwork. The Blair students who are tutoring assist the younger students with their homework. When finished, they can draw or read together.

Over two years ago, Mrs. Lang started the tutoring program, which Emily Choi ’17 turned into the Blair Connection Club (La Conexión). The Blair Connection Club was formed with the purpose of connecting Blair with the local Latin American community.

When asked for her thoughts on the activity, Mrs. Lang commented, “What’s really exciting about what’s happening this year is that since Emily Choi formed La Conexión and took charge of Newton Tutoring, the [Blair] student participation has increased.” Today, there are 18 student tutors.

Mrs. Lang told The Oracle, “[La Conexión] is completely student-run now. I just have to drive the van.” Emily Choi echoed Mrs. Lang’s pride in the club’s growth, also noting, “I have made such great connections with the kids that I look forward to seeing every Wednesday, and I will miss them terribly next year. They mean so much to me.”

She has great faith in the club’s rising leaders and new members, though. Irene Choi ’18 and Kenza Fernandez ’18 have already stepped up to run the club next year after Emily graduates.

The Newton tutoring project is a great and effective way to help the community and meet many wonderful kids. If this is something you are interested in, sign up by contacting Mrs. Lang or Emily Choi.

(Copyright 2017 Abby Morris)