Every week five fabulous tutors from Fordham’s Center for American Catholic Studies arrive at P.S. 73 to mentor a select group of 5th graders in the joys of writing. Together they create projects that encourage community service and academic excellence, including this year’s school newspaper and a book of original poetry. In a feat of educational alchemy, our hip and enthusiastic tutors have managed to make persuasive writing and poetic form the preferred topics of conversation on Friday afternoons. Even better, our tutors’ general awesomeness and the group’s annual field trip to the Fordham campus have inspired our 11-year-olds to set their sights on college.
Read the original poetry book!
Read the P.S. 73 Newspaper!
Last year when we checked in with Jenny Portillo,founder of the Fordham group, she Continue reading →
Exciting things happen every semester at CFK’s partner schools. Sometimes a school leaps and bounds past its previous test scores (more on that to come…check back soon). Sometimes the larger community recognizes a student’s musical achievements as part of CFK’s programs (more on that soon, too). Sometimes a student raises his hand and asks a question in class for the first time ever (In fact, Mike Quinzio saw this happen; the teacher was ecstatic). But the 5th Grade Poetry Project was a total surprise to everyone in the office. What grew organically out of the literacy tutoring program up in the Bronx may just turn out to be the most exciting news of the year.
The Fordham literacy tutors take a break with their students
My Three Sides
I am mad but you will not like me when I’m mad. I will go crazy.
I am sad you might drown because I might form a tsunami.