"Sum" One Special (Tutors for Children in Need)
Organized by: Mike Bologna
I have had the privilege of tutoring a number of 5th to 12th grade math students and while doing this, I realized that I am exclusively working with families that have the means to pay $40-60 per hour for specialized help. I have worked with kids with special needs (i.e., ADD/ADHD) at all levels of math (i.e., basic math to AP Calculus) and the number of calls/texts/emails I get is astonishing.
I had the idea of seeking donations/corporate sponsorships to create a fund to help less fortunate children. The donations would be used to create a network for schools/students/tutors/parents to connect and get kids the help they need. Despite the best efforts of our teachers, children cannot always get the help they need at school and need more personalized help to succeed. This success will help them with their immediate need....and it will also help build confidence and impact their long-term success as a student/person.
This idea never really got off the ground but I was inspired to create this page when I saw Katie Couric interview Ed Norton. Thank you Ed Norton for helping me make this happen.
I was going to set a more modest goal of $10-20,000, but again, I was inspired to set my sights higher! If a game developer can raise almost $60 million for a video game (see link below), certainly I can raise funds for education and helping kids in need! (And I am not criticizing their campaign, just pointing out how effective this type of fund raiser can be!)
How did I come up with my goal?
100 kids x 1 hour per week x 30 weeks x $40 to $60 per hour = $120,000 to $180,000; is 100 kids enough? NO. But it where I am starting and hope to help 10, 20, 100 times that number of kids.
Please help this effort get off the ground! If you cannot donate, at least please share this cause with others you know.....make it go viral!
I would start local (Houston, TX) and expand to areas of need as quickly as possible based on your support.