New On-Campus Mentor-Based Tutoring for Local Children Begins at Serra
New On-Campus Mentor-Based Tutoring for Local Children Begins at Serra

Serra students are extending their reach when it comes to service in our community. This school year, 10 students have committed to on-campus, mentor-based tutoring for local young children with learning differences.

The program, called Keep KLIMBing, is a partnership between Serra and KLIMB Consulting, a nonprofit that provides low-cost, specialized tutoring to children ages 4 to 9 with dyslexia or similar learning disabilities.

Mercy High School has provided children in the Burlingame area this same advantage through KLIMB for a few years. Bringing this program to Serra allows the nonprofit to service more local children, according to Serra High School Christian Service Coordinator Christian Cahill.

The 10 student tutors–Mateo Avecilla '21, Kalin Baca '22, Jonah Camacho '21, Christopher Carrick '22, Miles Cheng '21, Mason Costa '23, Miguel David '21, Akul Dhawan '23, Armand Foroughi '23 and Graham Sheardown '22–underwent two thorough training sessions.

"The tutors are paired with the same student for the eight weeks, so they get to build rapport and see their student's progress," Cahill said.

Tutoring takes place in the Serra library every Tuesday and Thursday for eight-week periods. Serra will host two more sessions this year, one in the winter, and one in the spring.