CAT Programs

CAT Sites and Current Programs

There are many levels of involvement available with the CAT Program varying from 30 minutes once a week to 10+ hours per week...how involved you are is up to you!

  

CAT After-school tutoring at Coquillard Primary Center 

The CAT after-school tutoring program is the only sort of after-school tutoring program currently offered at Coquillard. Tutors will meet with the children after school in small groups or one-on-one to work with them on their reading comprehension skills, math skills, help them with their homework, and also serve as mentors. The children that attend this after school program are a mix of second and third graders that are all behind in their reading level expectations and truly need that extra one-on-one time and attention to succeed. Right now, our program ratio is 2-3 students per 1 SMC volunteer--ideally, we need the program to be one-on-one to maximize the attention that each child receives.

The program at Coquillard runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:45pm (budget your time to leave SMC at 2pm and return at 4pm). Transportation is available to those who need it and Coquillard is about 15 minutes away from SMC. Coquillard is a primary centers and teaches grades 1-4.

CAT After-School Tutoring at Jefferson Intermediate Center

Tutors will meet with the students after school in small groups or one-on-one to work with them on their reading comprehension skills, math skills, help them with their homework, and also serve as mentors. The students that attend this after school program are a mix of seventh and eighth graders that are all behind in their reading level expectations and truly need that extra one-on-one time and attention to succeed. Right now, our program ratio is 2-3 students per 1 SMC volunteer--ideally, we need the program to be one-on-one to maximize the attention that each student receives.

The program at Jefferson runs Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-5:00pm. Transportation is available to those who need it and Jefferson is about 15 minutes away from SMC. Jefferson is an intermediate center and teaches grades 5-8.

CAT Teachers’ Assistants at Coquillard Primary Center

CAT Teacher’s assistants are in the classrooms helping teachers with various tasks.  In the past, TA’s have done everything ranging from helping with daily paperwork to becoming an integral part of the teacher’s curriculum and starting a Pen Pal program with their old high school.  Your responsibilities in the classroom will vary and good communication with your teacher is absolutely necessary.  Volunteers must attend mandatory trainings before tutoring begins and are highly encouraged to attend on-campus speakers related to the CAT program.  There is also a one hour reflection session at the end of each semester. The program runs Monday-Friday and you may schedule your time anytime during the school day between 9am-2pm. 

Pen Pal Program

The Pen Pal Program, which takes place in the Spring Semester, is a unique and innovative way of mentoring a child. Saint Mary's students are paired with an elementary school student from Coquillard to exchange weekly letters. You will meet your pen pal at the end of the spring semester we visit Coquillard to share a meal and stories.

  
The CAT Program is made possible through funding from Richard Green on behalf of his late wife, Patricia Arch Green (SMC '61).