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WSU VOLUNTEERS TO AID SCHOOLKIDS

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Some 250 Weber State University student volunteers hope to prevent hundreds of elementary school children from dropping out of school.

University students in the TEAM program (Together Each Achieves More) teach basic English, reading, writing and math skills to children identified by elementary teachers as needing help.At the heart of the joint program with the Ogden City School District is a population of Spanish-speaking students with so few English skills they needed interpreters to find their classrooms the first day of school.

"Teachers have 30 students in a classroom. That means individual students can get lost along the way," said John Ulibarri, director of federal relations for Ogden City School District.

University tutors earn credit for their efforts but for many, classroom credit is not the motivating factor, said Daniel Gallego, a university professor of sociology who encourages students to participate.