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Tutoring to become high school service requirement option

The Dalles Wahtonka High School, students were introduced to the idea of peer tutoring as another way to earn community service hours during a Nov. 14 assembly.

Scott Osborne, TDW counselor and head organizer of the proposed program, said the assembly’s main purpose was to gauge student interest and promote it as a “great, in-school alternative” service option for students to complete the 20-hour graduation requirement.

“Students often put their community service hours off until the last minute,” Osborne says. “It can especially become a problem for seniors looking to graduate on time, but who are still a long ways from completing the full 20 hours.”

“Basically,” he said, “TAT is their time, and they get to decide if they want to offer help to other students as a way to earn their community service credit or not. What we’re doing is giving them the option to use the time they already spend in school to offer their support to fellow students and, on top of that, have the opportunity to contribute to the school community in a meaningful way.”

After the assembly concluded, students were given “response cards” where they could write their names and indicate whether or not they would be interested in earning community service hours for tutoring during TAT.

Osborne says the assembly was only the “kick off”  and hopes to continue engaging students and “building momentum” for the program in the coming weeks.

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