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Tutors from churches help Oklahoma City students become Whiz Kids


James Grove, high school senior Nelson Williams and Beverly Grove stand outside South Walker Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, where the Groves have been involved in tutoring students like Williams through the Whiz Kids program. (Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman, www.newsok.com)

The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City reports:

James Grove and Nelson Williams learned how to be a good team over several years.
In 1998, Williams was a first-grader when he joined the Whiz Kids program in its inaugural year at South Walker Church of Christ, where Grove is a member. Grove became Williams’ first tutor in the faith-based program that embodies the meaning of partnership.
Through Whiz Kids, a faith-based program, inner-city churches in the Oklahoma City area and their suburban counterparts join to provide free tutoring for children in inner-city schools. The volunteer tutors come from the inner-city churches where the program is housed and the suburban churches that offer their resources to the program. The participating churches are from different parts of the metro area and include many denominations such as Presbyterian, Lutheran and Baptist, as well as nondenominational congregations. The after-school program typically partners inner-city churches with nearby schools.

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