“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown
That is exactly what JABA is doing with the FISH (Friends In Schools Helping) Program. JABA, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, began the FISH Program as a way for seniors to work with public school children. Today, tutors of all ages help students in this school based tutoring program. Helping students with foundational experiences crucial for the learning process (reading skills, an understanding of math, and comprehension of English when a second language), FISH tutors are teaching kids to FISH.
Today, FISH has approximately 60 volunteers working in our public school system. These volunteers help lessen the achievement gap by working with academically at-risk kids and English as a second language learners. Most of our students in the 18 various schools (13 Albemarle County, 3 Charlottesville City, 1 Greene County, and 1 Fluvanna County) are elementary age school children.
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