Martinsville Bulletin: Spencer-Penn project moves forward with Harvest grant

December 29, 2016

MARTINSVILLE - “Spencer Penn is a school at heart,” Mary Jordan, president of the Spencer-Penn Center, said.

It was that ideology which helped create the SPICE (Spencer Penn Investing in Children’s Education) program. At its beginning, SPICE was a small tutoring program, consisting of 22 students from Carver Elementary and 12 tutors. 

Initially, the SPICE program was funded by a $10,000 grant from the Harvest Foundation. Students came after school on Mondays, tutored by both current and retired educators. The tutors helped determine where the students struggled in class and worked to help them improve. 

“The students love coming on Mondays for tutoring, they always have big smiles on their faces,” Jordan said. “We are able to give them the personal attention that a normal teacher in the classroom does not have the time to give.”

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