Last week KKIS Board members met with Bachilleres high school administrators to clarify our desire to help their students with English and were told that there were 30 current students who had failed their final English exam. They would be given another chance at the test but they needed tutoring now. Could we come everyday to help?
KKIS asked for volunteers and they came. The first day we were almost one on one with the students explaining basic grammar. Then we went to the Director and asked for a copy of the test the students would be facing. She gave us one from last year and from that we made worksheets to reinforce it.
Each day the class size has grown: from 8, to 13, to 27 today! KKIS has two Mexican volunteers who helped the whole class understand the language of the test.
Yesterday the graduating class at the school held a rally in the courtyard in front of our classrooms, complete with PA system which was difficult to deal with. Today a maintenance man began using a leaf blower in the yard behind our classrooms. I talked with administrators and he went to work elsewhere.
The volunteers have genuinely enjoyed interacting with these students who, for the most part, are eager to learn. And we are beginning to see results.