Teacher in charge Merilyn Dale with students Madison Sharpe, 10, Faith Bates, 11, and Madison Grunberg, 11, at the Exodus Tutorial Centre, Gladstone South Primary School.
Teacher in charge Merilyn Dale with students Madison Sharpe, 10, Faith Bates, 11, and Madison Grunberg, 11, at the Exodus Tutorial Centre, Gladstone South Primary School. Kerry Thomas

Getting pupils up to speed

JUST three weeks in and their tutors are already noticing the difference.

Since the Exodus Tutorial Centre was founded in 2001, 365 students have been through the program.

As founder Chris Tanner said, "That's one child for every day of the year".

The centre works with students in Years 5 to 7, who have reading ages two years below the state average.

The goal: to give them the skills to become independent readers.

The 16 kids in this course come from Central, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Benaraby.

They'll attend the Exodus Tutorial Centre each day for an entire semester.

In hands-on teaching time that equates to 320 hours.

The centre operates out of Gladstone South Primary School.

And while there is a dedicated legion of volunteers, more are always needed.

All you need is a Blue Card to volunteer, which the centre can help to arrange.

Phone Chris Tanner on 0418 792 920.



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