A+ program gives students new view of education

Jefferson City High School senior Taylor Bexten, right, works with third-grade students Kylee Phillips, left, and Anna Schnieders, in red, at Thorpe Gordon Elementary School. She works as an A+ tutor with the students in Brad Stokes’ art class.

Jefferson City High School senior Taylor Bexten, right, works with third-grade students Kylee Phillips, left, and Anna Schnieders, in red, at Thorpe Gordon Elementary School. She works as an A+ tutor with the students in Brad Stokes’ art class. Photo by Julie Smith.

For nine weeks, Tonisha Wofford spent the better part of 90 minutes each school day working with a student struggling with English, and with his personal finance homework.

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As an A+ tutor in the English as a Second Language classroom, the JCHS senior offered one-on-one time with anyone who needed help.

Although that term is over, students from that class still happily greet Wofford in the Jefferson City High School hallways.

“At first, I was scared, working with high school kids,” Wofford said. “But it made me feel good to help someone else, and they appreciated it.”

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