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(NECN: Mike Cronin) – Some Worcester, Mass. students are being given the “opportunity” to skip class. So, why do school officials consider skipping class an opportunity?
The way it works is that Holy Cross students travel on a bus to meet one-on-one with students at North and South High School in Worcester.
They work one-on-one with them, helping prepare them for college, as well as SATs. It’s all made possible by Verizon Wireless and technology donated by Samsung.
Learning has new meaning at South High School: it comes on four wheels.
Holy Cross senior Antonio Willis-Berry has been tutoring two students once a week since the start of the semester. It’s all part of Verizon Wireless’s Mobile Learning Lab, which started last year.
Company spokesperson Mike Murphy says the program combines the use of technology with college mentors, to create a 360-degree comprehensive environment to help the students.
South High School junior Elizabeth Oluokun says her tutor helps her prepare for the SATs and for college.
The high school students don’t miss any class time. They board the bus during study hall so they don’t miss out any academic time, Principal Maureen Binienda says.
Willis-Berry says it’s a chance for him to give back to the community.
The program also partners with Northeastern University and six schools in Boston.