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Some Lincoln students qualify for free tutoring to help them catch up

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, a Learning Fair was held at Lincoln Elementary to inform Lincoln parents about the free tutoring being offered to their students.

Based on the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress - Plus) scores, Lincoln has failed to meet AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the past four years. Because of this, Lincoln is to offer free tutoring to eligible students, or a Supplemental Educational Service (SES).

Those eligible include students who receive free and reduced lunch and did not pass ISTEP+ or any other academic success measurement tool that shows a student is performing below grade level. Trace Hinesley, director of special programs for Huntington Schools, says those students whose parents turn down the free or reduced lunch assistance still might qualify for the tutoring. The main point, she says, is that there are requirements for the service.

Hinesley says about 18 parents signed up for services following the fair on Tuesday, but she anticipates more will take advantage of the tutoring once they are made aware. She said they are doing this by starting a phone campaign and calling up families with information regarding the services.

Parents whose kids qualify have already received information via mail.

Tutoring time will be held outside of school hours. The sessions will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays right after school until 5 p.m., when buses will transport the stu-dents home.

Information about each state certified tutoring provider through SES is on the Lincoln Webpage, which can be located through www.hccsc.

After reviewing the information, parents are asked to complete the form and return it to the school by Oct. 9.