featuring Linda Burt
Linda Burt is our featured tutor in this issue of Heroes and Highlights. Linda will be receiving her 10-year service award at our annual Volunteer Recognition Reception in May. Linda first joined Healthy Cities Tutoring because she wanted a volunteer opportunity after she had stopped working with the birth of her first child. She took a short break from tutoring after having twins but missed tutoring so much that she came back as soon as she had the time.
Linda has been tutoring her current student for the past four years. Linda’s fondest memory of their first year together is the big smile and hug she got each time she came to pick-up her student for tutoring. Her student was in 1st grade back then and reading below grade level. The student would look at the pictures in the book and guess at the words and by the end of the school year, she had learned to sound out the words. Now her student picks books off the shelf, reads fluidly to Linda and is inquisitive about what they are reading, and especially loves to read about non-fictional people such as Clara Barton and Michelle Obama.
Linda’s student is now in fourth grade and they work mostly on math, writing, and special projects such as the mission project. Her student says, “I really like when we read. Linda questions me a lot, and I am reading at a higher level.” She went on to say, “I learn more vocabulary and how to pronounce hard words. We even make words up sometimes and make up what they mean to be silly, and laugh together.”
Linda chimed in and exclaimed, “This has been such a rewarding experience. It has been fun to see her growth over the years.” Linda’s enthusiasm for tutoring has even caught on to her son, Thomas, who is now a junior in high school and has been tutoring at Clifford School for the past two years. Thank you to Linda, Thomas and all of our amazing Healthy Cities tutors who give so generously of their time to help a child achieve greater academic success and confidence in school!