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Tutoring Program Adds a Creative Twist Worthy of Superheroes

New Writing Program Appeals to Students' Creativity

The word "tutoring" does not typically suggest excitement, but one organization has found a way to ramp up student engagement.

826 National, a nonprofit organization, welcomes students into a store that sells superhero supplies such as capes, invisibility detection goggles and more. In the back of the store, there is a secret door where students can enter a full-sized tutoring center. The organization has eight centers in urban areas throughout the country, according to EducationWeek.org. 

The centers focus on creatve writing and offer workshops, one-on-one homework help, field trips, in-school help for teachers and summer classes. The program has provided "stealth education" to 30,000 students, a majority of whom are from low-income areas.

"Students are coming right from school and they walk into this space," said Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National. "They touch some eyeballs, they might try on the cape tester, then they walk in the back, and their whole perception shifts. It's like 'I'm not going into a tutoring space, I'm going into a different space where volunteers are waiting to work with me'."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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