Every day that the City of Poughkeepsie Schools are in session, HTASC is open to provide enrolled student with help in getting their homework done. Whether it's one-on-one tutoring, or just helping a child focus and stay on-task, our staff and trained volunteers put primary emphasis on homework completion.
Almost every child has an innate desire to learn. They are curious. They are eager. However, all too often, "learning" is repetitive, not stimulating and BORING. At HTASC, we offer engaging learning opportunities each and every day that are FUN! Children willingly and eagerly engage in science experiments, art projects, book discussions, math games and more. Everything at HTASC is both educational AND fun! Once their daily homework is completed, the children are invited to explore and learn!
Using our own "6 Pillars of Character:" respect, caring, responsibility, community, honesty, and kindness, the staff and volunteers at HTASC create an environment when children are expected to Be Their Best Self. Child-friendly activities are used to teach the importance of being a respectful, caring, responsible, honest and kind person. Within the HTASC program center, children understand that a community is stronger when everyone is Their Best Self.
Middle School MENTOR Program
Exciting New Leadership Opportunities at HTASC for Middle Schoolers
The program at HTASC for middle school children (grades 6, 7 & 8) has been modified to provide unique leadership opportunities for adolescents.
Students in those grades are invited to come to HTASC program center after school to complete their homework and/or read independently. An area has been set aside for this. Please note that this quiet time is for independent work and there will be no tutoring provided.
After homework and/or reading, each student has a choice. He/she can leave the program center and return home OR he/she can stay and mentor one or two students in the K- 2 grades.
Mentoring can be a wonderful experience for both the younger student and the older one. The younger student has someone to look up to and feel special from his or her attention and care. And the older student develops a sense of responsibility and obligation knowing that his or her actions directly affect another person.
This younger student will not be a sibling and will be assigned by Mrs. Brands and Ms. Windett in conjunction with Mrs. Simpson.
There will be an orientation for the students who would like to mentor a younger student at the beginning of program and details of responsibilities and expectations will be provided. We are even designing new t-shirts for our HTASC SuperMentors!
We believe that this opportunity will give the sixth and seventh graders additional leadership responsibilities and will strengthen the H.T.A.S.C learning community.
Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center
21 Williams Street
Poughkeepsie, New York