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Village tutoring center seeks volunteers

— If you’ve got an affinity for math, there’s a tutoring center in the village of Liverpool that could use your help.

The Tutoring Center at St. Joseph the Worker Church, located at 1001 Tulip St., is an all-volunteer service that provides free tutoring to kids and adults throughout the community from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. And since the advent of Common Core math, tutors with expertise in that field are in high demand.

“We started getting a lot of requests for math help, and I didn’t want to say no, but more people showed up than were on the schedule,” said Kelley Romano, who started the center four years ago. “It’s this new math. They’re really having trouble understanding the Common Core. I feel like I’m short on tutors, especially math, and we can recruit from the community.”

Tutors need not have any formal teaching experience, though many are retired educators. Romano just asks that volunteers have. They aren’t required to be parishioners at St. Joseph the Worker. They do need to complete a mandatory three-hour Child Abuse Prevention class offered by the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

Romano, a former English teacher, said she launched the center with the approval of church leaders at St. Joseph and sister parish Immaculate Heart of Mary because she saw a need for the service.

“I just feel like there’s always a need, and with the economy… I know how much tutors charge, and most people aren’t going to pay,” she said. “It’s low to charge $30 to $35. That’s the low end, unless it’s a high school kid tutoring. [Liverpool Elementary] now has a different demographic than when my kids were going there. There’s a lot of kids on free lunch. So I thought, definitely, there’s a need out there.”

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