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The Math Brigade

math brigade 1.jpgEleven Eastern student tutors, three who are summer AmeriCorps VISTA members, and one high school student, are serving as volunteers working directly with children participating in a summer camp in Willimantic that is focused on math and language arts.

"Puentes al Futuro/Bridges to the Future" is a six-week summer enrichment camp that provides Windham Middle School students academic skills in the morning, and recreation and cultural enrichment in the afternoon. The academic curriculum is based on the Windham Public Schools middle school curriculum for math and language arts. A certified Windham Middle School teacher provides guidance to the instructors. The program includes one day of instruction, one-on-one tutoring and a follow-up day of active application of the previous day's lesson. The academic program is designed to maintain middle school students' skills through the summer months while building self-confidence, proficiency in the English language and understanding of Latino culture through dance and history. Above, the students fill out a times table as their first task of the day.

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