Tutoring Program Helps Students Score Good Grades

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Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Terre Haute feeds more than the spirit of members.

It’s paved the way for a church ministry to feed the minds of students through a tutoring program started by I.S.U. Women’s Basketball Coach Janet Eaton.
 
“I think it’s critical that young people have someone to look up to.  We have wonderful ladies at I.S.U.,” says Janet Eaton, assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at I.S.U.

Not only are these ladies commanding on the court but also during tutoring sessions.
 
“It’s been rewarding knowing that the kids are learning something from me,” says Brooklyn Artis.
 
Brooklyn Artis is one of team members who tutors 12 year old Malekhi Coons.
 
“They really help me with my work.  And, some stuff I need help with cause it’s really confusing,” Malekhi explains.
 
This tutoring program is in its second year and despite Coach Eaton’s hectic basketball and tutoring schedule, the program is thriving.
 
“I have a personal motto– ‘Young people keep me young and faith keeps me grounded,” says Coach Eaton.

While faith keeps her grounded, giving back to the community is Coach Eaton’s motivation, which some consider a godsend.

“I’m truly thankful that they stepped up to the plate and wanted to help the children out, not only Malekhi, but other children as well,” says Patricia Baker, Malekhi’s grandmother.
 
Help that has Coach Eaton striving to make a difference on the court and in makeshift classrooms.
    

The tutoring program is for second through 12th graders and there is no charge.

However, Coach Eaton says parents can pay it forward by packing the stands at Sycamore basketball games.

For more information about this free tutoring program, call Coach Janet Eaton at  (812) 237-4170.
 

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