“Tutor Tips” Workshop on January 16

In January we offer an informal training session  to share our successes and concerns working  with students. Maybe you wonder how to approach a particular subject? Maybe you have some great ideas for others to make their sessions more interesting? Whatever your question or suggestion, we hope you will join us for this year’s “Tutor Tips!” This workshop is suitable for tutors and parents alike.

The workshop will be led by White Oaks School teachers, Melissa Brenner and Tracey Mitchell-Ardwan; They are the perfect people to address questions to about working with students across a wide range of grade levels. They will share math games to help your students practice basic facts and strategies to help the reluctant writer and many more aspects of tutoring.

We guarantee you will come away with some new ideas. We hope to see you on January 16th!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Central Middle School Library
Change of location: classroom 9, there will be signage! Come to Central Middle School, 757 Cedar Street and we will direct you.

Donna is 2018 Citizen of the Year!

As most of you know, Donna retired as Executive Director of Healthy Cities Tutoring after founding and leading the organization for 22 years. We are so excited that the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce is honoring Donna as the 2018 Citizen of the Year.

The San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Carlos cordially invite you to attend the Annual Citizen and Business Recognition Dinner on Friday, February 1st at 5:30 pm.

You may purchase tickets to the event by clicking on the button below which will lead you to the the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce website. The team at Healthy Cities Tutoring will definitely be there to celebrate Donna. We hope to see you there!

Training and orientation for new tutors on OCT. 17

Healthy Cities tutoring provided tutors for 469 students at 11 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City during the 2017-2018 school year. Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need.

Volunteers range in age from 14-94 and no prior tutoring experience is needed – just an interest in helping a child for 45 minutes once a week. Scheduling is flexible, before, during or after school.


  • Where: White Oaks School, Multi-use Room, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos
  • When: Wednesday, October 17
  • Time: Two identical sessions offered: 8:30-10:30 AM and 6:30-8:30 PM.

 We need more tutors like YOU! Hope you can join us on October 17! 

If you can’t make the October 17 training, no worries! We have more training sessions scheduled. For a complete schedule of tutor training and orientation dates click HERE.


Celebrating our volunteers

On Tuesday, May 15, Healthy Cities Tutoring held its 22nd annual Volunteer Recognition Reception to celebrate and honor the 404 volunteers who made a difference in the lives of our students this year.

The room in the Adult Community Center in San Carlos was filled to the brim with Healthy Cities volunteers, teachers, parents, students and supporters from the community to celebrate this year’s volunteers.

The reception began with opening remarks from San Carlos Mayor Bob Grassilli, San Carlos School Board Board President Eirene Chen, Redwood City School Board Vice President Dennis McBride and  Healthy Cities Tutoring Board member Marianne Jett. Additional speakers at the event included parent Natalie Berg, tutors Christine Louie

and Hans Logie, student Jaydon Vazquez and parent Vanessa Patino.









Certificates of appreciation were handed out to all of the volunteer tutors. In addition, HCT was proud to honor the tutors who have reached a noteworthy tutoring anniversary:

20 years Tutoring Award Recipient:

  • Susan Day

15 years  Tutoring Award Recipients:

  • Sharon Gee
  • Lauren Pachkowski

10 years Tutoring Award Recipients:

  • Mike King
  • Andy Klein
  • Donna Williamson

5 years Tutoring Award Recipients:

  • Joe Brennan
  • Georganna Butts
  • Paul Caamano
  • Mardee Costa
  • Kathy Diekroeger
  • Paula Ebejer-Moffitt
  • Andrea Hernacki
  • Katie Kenning
  • Chris King
  • Barbara Louie
  • Joan Mannion
  • Megan Murray
  • Jean Oxton
  • JD Paul
  • Mia Rosenblatt
  • Janet Soli
  • Jay Strauss
  • Betty Strombom
  • Nancy Tovar

Many thanks to all of our volunteer tutors and the support form the broader community that makes this work possible!

volunteer recognition on Tuesday, May 15

Please join us for our 22nd annual Volunteer Recognition Reception as we honor the 2017-2018 Healthy Cities Tutoring volunteers. Everyone involved in the program is welcome: tutors, students, parents, teachers, staff, donors and community members.

All volunteers will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a small gift of thanks. Refreshments will be provided following the program.

To rsvp click here. For questions or more information call (650) 508-7327 or email Donna Becht at dbecht@healthycitiestutoring.org.

We hope you will join our celebration!