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Nineteen students from Dodson and David W. Kistler elementary schools and Meyers High School recently completed the Learning Works academic mentoring program. Each student gave a presentation on their career choice and received a certificate of completion before an audience of family members, teachers, guidance counselors, members of the King's College community and other supporters at the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center ballroom. The event began with a buffet-style dinner. Learning Works, a program of Volunteers of America Pennsylvania, provides weekly sessions at King's College, where students receive tutoring from their assigned King's mentor, learn about careers and eat dinner at the dining hall. Each family also has bi-weekly home visits with their Learning Works coach, who helps all children in the home with their schoolwork and works with the parents and guardians to identify and overcome any obstacles to school success. Funding for the Learning Works program comes from the Luzerne Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, which receives TANF Development Funding for youth aged 5-18. The program will begin with its next group of Learning Workers in late January. At the event, from left, first row: Lillian Olmedo, Learning Works alumnus; Danirsa Grullon; Honesty Arroyo; Haley Ford; and Heidy Tula. Second row: Zachary Capinas, Gabriel Lopez, Kyle Castro, Seth Pelton, Angel Lopez and Andres Tecaxco. Third row: Sarina Drevenak, coach, Learning Works; Jacob Davis; Edyn Laurent; Zakery Pelton; Keyontay Suydam; Thomas Suydam; Rafael Olmedo; Paul St. Omer; Summer Krochta, administrative director; and Shannon Doyne, project manager. Also participating were Ivo Gorzynski and Aida Ozuna.

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