Belleville tutoring program makes all the difference for local mother and daughter

By: Danielle Eickenhorst, Communications/Content Specialist, Midland Division

Danielle Lowery, like many single mothers has very limited financial resources and time. Between working full time and caring for her daughter, Danielle struggles to balance all of her priorities. At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, Danielle found herself is a difficult situation. Her then 9-year old daughter Kelvi’s grades were faltering. In addition to needing a latchkey program that would help with her daughter while she had to work, Danielle was looking at the prospect of tutoring needs and she could not afford either program.

Wanting to help her daughter succeed, Danielle researched local resources. She enrolled her daughter in a tutoring program through their local school, and then sent her to an after-school program at the local Belleville Salvation Army corps.

“Before I found this program, I would get home from work and Kelvi would have 2 hours of homework each night,” said Lowery, noting that heavy course loads even in 4th grade, combined with general academic struggles made every night an ordeal. “We didn’t have time together,” she said.

Kelvi began working with Randy Broadwater of the Belleville Salvation Army community center each night after school. “They took time to help her with her homework. She used to be frustrated every night, but once they took the time to really focus on her and help her overcome the problems, her self esteem increased and she found she was able to do the work alone, and in a much shorter period of time.”

Kelvi continues to attend The Salvation Army’s summer camps and to work with Mr. Broadwater to ensure she doesn’t fall behind over summer break. Kelvi hopes to continue attending The Salvation Army’s after-school program in the fall, but doubts she’ll need as much tutoring thanks to her new-found confidence.

Danielle Lowery is grateful for the program that allowed her to attend to her daughter’s needs without putting additional financial hardship on their family.

“My daughter is an athlete and wants to go to college,” said Lowery. “She wants to get a scholarship for school, and we always knew it would have to be either academic or athletic. Now that she has such a great handle on her academics, I feel that she should be able to do either one.”

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