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April 6, 2016

The bond between tutor and student is strong

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Samantha Stanford, volunteer reading partner in Baltimore, MD
Written by: Pamela Bennett, site coordinator

The greatest moment happened in my center the other day. At 9:10 am on a Monday morning, it’s pretty normal to notice some students and tutors slightly dragging in the door with low eyelids, especially when it’s the day after Super Bowl Sunday. After noticing the trend, I continued my rounds through the center and just then I was attacked from behind. Well I thought it was an attack, I was grabbed around the waist aggressively and I heard screaming. I turned around and focused, “Ms. Bennett, thank you so much!”

It was a second grade student overly excited about her university student tutor returning. I told her, “Remember I told you that Ms. Samantha would be back? Well she’s here now and I’m so happy that you’re excited.” The pair was so excited to be reunited. The second grade student thanked her tutor for returning several times and their session was such a joy to watch. It definitely heightened the spirit of the room and made my day a lot brighter.

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