Medical Students Tutor Elementary Children
As part of her responsibilities as a first-year medical student, Arhanti Sadanand participated in LINC, or Learners Involved in the Needs of Communities. She knew she wanted working with children to be part of her community service.
She chose to volunteer with the Fulton Outreach Program, where she could tutor school-aged children in the Fulton Hill neighborhood after school. When her first-year LINC commitment came to an end, Arhanti decided to continue volunteering.
“I wanted to remain in touch with the Richmond community,” said Arhanti, who acknowledges it can sometimes be hard to get out from under the books. “I view Fulton as a really great study break. For a couple hours, I can clear my mind of studying and just focus on helping a kid learn about fractions. It’s refreshing.”
Working together, approximately 10 medical students are able to tutor for two hours a day, four days a week. Of the 100 school-aged children in the Fulton community, as many as half are regularly involved in the after-school sessions. While most are elementary school aged, students from kindergarten through high school can come for homework help in reading and math. After a first hour of hitting the books, the second is devoted to games and activities.