Being the Change — LEAD Cincinnati Magazine recognizes Vorys Tutors
When Andy Kaplan, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, first read an article in the “Cincinnati Enquirer” about the Be the Change program, he knew he needed to get involved.
Founded in 2010 as a joint project by the Strive Partnership, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Public Schools, Be the Change seeks to place volunteer tutors from the local business community in public schools, working one-on-one with elementary students. Cincinnati Public Schools’ Superintendent Mary Ronan says that, “Tutoring initiatives such as Be the Change have such a positive impact on our students, both academically as children strengthen their skills, and socially as they get to know people from the community as lifelong role models.”
Tutoring gets Positive Marks
Meet Jeffrey Marks …. This is his second consecutive year tutoring at Hays-Porter Elementary. Mr. Jeff and his student, Marnell, were the proud winners of the classroom pizza party contest offered by the district. They together logged over 430 minutes in just 2 months.
“It has been very gratifying to see a consistent improvement in Marnell’s reading skills”, says Jeff Marks. “Clearly, the one-on-one attention that is provided in a tutoring session is a great way to enhance reading skills and generate enthusiasm for reading. Plus, the repetition that is necessary to learn different letter sounds and combinations.”
Jeffrey Marks is a part of the Be the Change volunteer tutoring program. Jeff and 23 of his co-workers from Vorys Law Firm participate in this program.
“It is personally rewarding, but more importantly, I’m hopeful that the time we spend together will prove to be a real benefit to Marnell’s school performance. Seeing Marnell smile when I arrive at his classroom for a tutoring session lets me know that this is a positive part of his school day”, states Jeff.
Photo: Jeffrey Marks, Partner, Vorys Law Firm with Hays-Porter student Marnell.