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(HOUSTON)– It’s called peer-to-peer tutoring, a program in its second year started by the United Way of Greater Houston.

Nearly 500 students in four school districts including Houston, Spring Branch, Alief and Aldine are taking part.

“We pull fourth and fifth graders who are about a year behind where they should be, and we tell them they are going to become a tutor to a second or third grade student,” said Naja Calendar, Senior Manager of Community Investment for the United Way of Greater Houston.

Last year, six schools participating in the program. This year, there are fourteen schools participating.

“It’s really an amazing process. In addition to the kids seeing great academic gain, they also see social and emotional gain so they become leaders. They become good citizens on their school campus,” Calendar said.

Peer-to- Peer Tutoring runs the entire academic school year in 14 Houston area schools.

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