Volunteer Anne Fitzgerald with student Kaid Millers, 10, who is enjoying reading books more since starting at the Exodus Tutorial Centre at the Gladstone South Primary School.
Volunteer Anne Fitzgerald with student Kaid Millers, 10, who is enjoying reading books more since starting at the Exodus Tutorial Centre at the Gladstone South Primary School. Kerry Thomas

Opening up a world of books

ALENA Lange enjoys reading now but that was not the case before she started attending the Exodus Tutorial Centre in Years 6 and 7.

Mum Karen said Alena, now 19, was "slipping through the cracks" at school.

Teased by her peers, who called her "slow" and "dumb," Alena felt embarrassed when she had to ask questions in class.

That all changed just weeks after starting at the centre.

"I saw a huge difference in her confidence, pretty much straight away.

Kaid Millers, 10, said since starting at the Exodus Tutorial Centre just three weeks ago his reading had already improved.

"I feel like I'm getting better. They're teaching my brain to work," he said.

Exodus Tutorial Centre

  • Operates out of Gladstone South Primary School
  • A community partnership with Education Queensland
  • There are two intakes annually, each of 16 students
  • 365 students from 23 intakes have attended the centre to date


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