Student leaders and their faculty mentors from over 20 Missouri high schools gathered in Columbia for statewide meetings yesterday at the first-ever Missouri Congress of A+ Tutors. Katelyn Allen, Brooke James, Bryan Mink, Sarah Motley and Brandon Otis, and A+ secretary Gayle Jones and Guidance Counselor Jackie Waller represented Van-Far High School at the event. Student delegates and professional educators represented thousands of Missouri high school students who give over 2,000,000 hours of help each year to struggling peers, encouraging them to stay in school and succeed. A+ tutors become role models for younger students who desperately need them.
Judge Jimmie Edwards of St. Louis and Ryan Moran of Indianapolis were the keynote speakers. The day was filled with professionally-led workshops on tutoring and program development. Funding assistance is from Commerce Bank and The Hoenny Center for Research and Development in Teaching, a national organization based in St. Louis. The Hoenny Center is a non-profit that focuses on the growth of K-12 students as teachers.