Some students in Winston-Salem Forsyth County public schools will receive extra support this year as part of Wake Forest University's Virtual Tutoring Program.
The virtual teachers are Wake Forest students. They're screened for specific academic interests, availability, and age group preference in working with kids K-12. The program began last spring shortly after schools were closed due to the pandemic and continued through the summer.
Director Camry Wilborn says survey responses from parents have been overwhelmingly positive: a helpful resource, knowledgeable tutors, and tremendous support provided by Wake students during a very difficult time.
"Being able to build one-on-one relationships with actual community members and being the drivers of that relationship is really valuable, and not something that we always get to do at the university," says Wilborn. "So, being able to share the resources on our campus with the community makes me really happy and satisfied."
The program is free, and the only requirement is that students be currently enrolled in a Winston-Salem Forsyth County School. So far this fall nearly 360 Wake Forest tutors have enrolled to teach with more than 700 families signed up for lessons which begin next month.