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Homework Center Coordinator, Anne Reilly

The Library is pleased to welcome our new Homework Center Coordinator, Anne Reilly.  Anne is a graduate of the University of Stirling in Scotland.  She has formerly worked for the Pleasanton

Unifed School District, and is founder of the Walnut Grove Elementary School breakfast book club.  Anne has this to say about Dublin’s homework help:

“The Homework Help Program here at the Dublin Library is well under way for the 2009-2010 school year.

 The Homework Help site is located between the adult reference area and the children’s library.  The tables here are reserved for Homework Help only, allowing the students to work with minimum distraction.

 Homework Help is available for students in grades 3 through 8 and operates during the school year, Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

 The students who attend are given help with their school assignments by high school volunteers.  Math is the most requested subject but our volunteers have helped with English, science and a variety of other subjects.  Our volunteers can also guide them in using other resources in the library, such as finding books and using the internet.

Our volunteers are friendly and reliable and are eager to help students with their daily homework assignments.  Sayed, a sophomore at Dublin High, is a new volunteer this year in the Homework Help Program.  “I came to Homework Help when I was in middle school and now I can help others and gain community service hours,” he says.   Crystal, a junior at Dublin High, is a returning volunteer.  She says “I enjoy interacting with other students.  I get to review work I’ve already done while helping others and sometimes we volunteers help each other with homework too.”  Crystal also likes that her volunteering hours at the library meet the requirements for the AVID program, which is a college prep class.  Jessica, a senior from San Ramon enjoys helping students and likes that her volunteering can be included on her college applications.

Some students come along to the Homework Help Site regularly, others only occasionally.  As it is a drop-in program, students can come along as often as they need to.  They can come for 30 minutes or the full two hours, whatever suits their needs – our volunteers are happy to be of assistance.  Udoka a fourth grade student says “I like coming to the Homework Help Center because it is more quiet than at home for concentrating on my homework.”  And Edwin a fourth grade student, coming to the Homework Help center for a second year says “I have fun here and get the work done too.  My grades have improved since coming to the Homework Help Center.”

If you are a student who may benefit from our program, come along and join us.  Our volunteers are waiting to help you.”