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Latino High School students continue to tutor Hispanic kids virtually

The pandemic isn’t stopping a group of high school students in Wellington from tutoring Hispanic elementary kids.
Posted at 4:56 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 18:19:24-05

WELLINGTON, Fla. — The pandemic isn’t stopping a group of high school students in Wellington from tutoring Hispanic elementary kids.

It's part of a partnership between Wellington High School and Latinos In Action.

They encourage Latino youth to make a difference in their community.

One example is by tutoring Hispanic elementary students.

On Wednesday morning they tutored students, virtually, from New Horizons Elementary School in Wellington.

The tutors gain valuable experience, while the kids have someone they can relate to.

“I'm the only one who speaks Spanish. I don't understand English, and having someone that can help you with that is good,” said Nakari Calderon, Wellington High School student tutor.

“Some of the mistakes they make, because I made those mistakes too. Because of the Spanish, gets crossed over with the English, and so I will let them know that's OK, not all is perfect,” said Sara Torres, Wellington High School Junior tutor.

Leslie Diaz conducted her tutor session from home. She also reinforced the Spanish language during her lesson.

“We often tell the kids this is our superpower, and being able to make that something stronger and enforce it during school and at such a young age, it's something very impressionable I wish I would've had,” said Diaz.

Christian Carrera oversees the project at Wellington High School. He says the partnership is vital now more than ever for these students because of the pandemic. Carerra says the students in this program score higher in diagnostic tests

“Our style combined with their teaching style has been perfect formula for them. Because we provide the mentorship and that little burst of energy,” said Carerra.

The high school tutors say not only do they feel they are making an impact in their community, but it gives the elementary kids something to look forward to each week while striving for academic achievement.