Program that helps Dan River Region students gets boost from AT&T
Students in the Dan River Region who need help with math, reading, writing and social development, and those who are at high risk of dropping out of school, can get extra support from the Danville Church-Based Tutorial Program (DCBTP).
It’s a volunteer collaborative between the Danville Public Schools, Pittsylvania County Schools, local colleges, area churches, and businesses and parents with a mission to provide quality educational services that will expand students’ knowledge; introduce youth to STEM activities and career opportunities; and enhance their standard of living.
As part of an initiative to improve high school success and workforce readiness for Virginia’s young people, AT&T contributed $25,000 to DCBTP to help it meet its mission and prepare young people for success.
Vince Apruzzese, president of AT&T in Virginia, discussed the company’s support during the organization’s kick off meeting on May 23 in Danville. Local high school students and parents, board members, site coordinators and community leaders were on hand for the event.
“The DCBTP is a great example of what can be accomplished when communities come together to help their children prepare for success in school - and in life. The many volunteers and the other organizations that are part of this collaborative are dedicated to giving children in this region the tools they need, and we’re glad we can support their good work,” Apruzzese said.
"Thanks to leaders like Delegate Marshall, our community partners, and companies like AT&T, we will be able to help more students prepare for success." —Kenny Lewis
Delegate Danny Marshall added: “If we want our region and all of Virginia to grow and prosper, we need to make sure our children have the solid foundation of a good education. DCBTP is one way we can achieve that goal. We appreciate the hard work of the many volunteers who are part of the collaborative and AT&T’s support of what we’re working to accomplish together.”
According to Kenny Lewis, the program is designed for students of all ages. Grades K-7 focuses upon formalized instruction in basic skills, while grades 8-12 dedicates resources to subject area tutoring. Tutoring takes place in an environment where the student works closely with the tutor. Assistance is provided at home with particular support given to homework and reinforcement of teachers’ objectives. As a result of this type of instruction, students experience gains in basic skill areas and social development.
“Children who participate in this program have better attendance, grade and discipline records. Thanks to leaders like Delegate Marshall, our community partners, and companies like AT&T, we will be able to help more students prepare for success,” Lewis said.