Tutoring Program - Finalist for Governor's Hometown Award
The Step Ladder Tutoring Program offered in Kewanee by Sunshine Community Center under the direction of Etta LaFlora was one of four finalists in the Governor's Hometown Award program.  Several community leaders gathered in Springfield to show support for the Step Ladder Tutoring Program and Ms. LaFlora.
The Step Ladder Tutoring Program has targeted middle school (ages 12-14), special education, borderline, and struggling general education students needing academic assistance as the main focus.  The Step Ladder Tutoring Program utilizes the experience and expertise of certified middle school teachers as site coordinators, plus a network of community volunteers, peers, high school, college students, and AmeriCorps members as tutors.  Students involved in the program improved skill mastery in core subject areas of reading and math, as well as improved attendance rates and attitudes toward attending school.