By Aurora Ortiz
The Learning Campus is a tutoring program offered by Wilson College to children k-5 grades. The participants in this program are migrant children for whom English is their second language. Wilson students, faculty and staff volunteer on Thursdays to tutor children from Chambersburg and Greencastle. A migrant family is a family that has moved to the U.S. within the last 36 months for agriculture purposes.
The National Farmworker Ministry reported that 30% of all farmworkers’ income qualifies them as below the poverty line. Education is the key to break this vicious cycle. The Learning Campus program hopes to provide the means for migrant children to reach academic success.
Learning Campus also helps provide hands-on experience to college students, especially for Education, Spanish and Psychology majors. However, students of all majors are encouraged to volunteer for this program.
As of now, there are 15 children participating in the Learning Campus. The hope for the program is to eventually include 20 to 30 children.
For more information about Learning Campus or how to help with this program, please contact Program Director Brie Burdge at firstname.lastname@example.org.