Aiken, SC, Sept. 25 2006 – Is getting your child to do his or her homework a test in itself? If so, a new SCE&G Homework Center in Aiken could take the struggle out of studying, the reluctance out of reading and the mystery out of math.
The center – which opened September 18th at North Aiken Elementary School – will give local second through fifth graders the opportunity to spend quality time with instructors, insuring they make significant improvements in reading and math.
“We’ve seen great growth in our students,” said Norvell Pettus, director of SCE&G Homework Centers. Last year our students’ reading scores improved 40 percent program-wide and I hope we see those same gains again, this time in North Aiken.”
SCE&G started its Homework Centers in 1992 and in 15 years has seen an expansion to 32 facilities in three states, with a focus on quality student-to-teacher ratios.
“I think it’s a quality after-school program,” said Dr. Kevin O’Gorman, principal at North Aiken Elementary. “The research indicates that when you have a class of 15 students or less, they perform better and the teachers who are teaching in the program see the benefits of having those smaller classes.”
The center in Aiken, located at 100 Bears Rock Road, will be no exception. Currently, 30 students are enrolled, with two teachers and a teaching assistant slated for instruction.
For more information about SCE&G’s Homework Center program, call (803) 217-9944 or go online to www.sceg.com.