This comes from Snohomish County Council member Dave Gossett’s newsletter:
Students sometimes will come across difficult courses along their way in school or they may struggle with specific content in a course. The Rotary Community Homework Center is a place where kids can go to obtain resources for help getting over these challenges.
The center is located in Mountlake Terrace and began in October of 2005. Former Mountlake Terrace Mayor and Councilmember Pat Cordova is the director of the Rotary Community Homework Center. Cordova oversees the all-volunteer staff and works with the community to ensure the center has adequate school supplies, students, and dedicated volunteers to make the program effective. Her focus is to assist minority and disadvantaged students in south Snohomish County to become empowered and better educated, although anyone can come for help.
“Pat has always believed that children of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds are our future,” said Councilmember Dave Gossett. “She believes it’s our duty to provide an emotionally safe and supportive learning environment.”
Prior to working at the center, Pat ran an organization called the Neutral Zone that offered kids in Mountlake Terrace a safe, gang-free environment to hang out on Friday and Saturday nights.
Some of the resources offered by the center include tutoring and English language skills services. All ages are welcome. The younger children enjoy having a story read to them and interacting with educational games and puzzles. Adults practice their English language skills using the Rosetta Stone computer software available at three different language levels. Most students and families come from the Edmonds school district area.
“The primary aim is to help students with their homework and provide a safe environment for the entire family to achieve their educational goals,” Gossett. “All students are welcome to come and get help with their homework.”
The center offers help with
- Individual and small-group tutoring
- Reading and being read to
- Puzzles and educational games
- Computers & internet access
- Learn English on Rosetta Stone computer software
- Karate lessons to build confidence and learn a new skill
- Books and practice worksheets for math skills
- School supplies available
“The center can always use more adult and high school volunteers to help,” noted Gossett. “I encourage people to contact the center about volunteering.”
Name: Pat Cordova, Director
Phone: (425) 279-3739
Hours: Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm (closed next week for conferences)
Terrace Park School
5409 228th Street SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
(Next door to the Mountlake Terrace Pavilion and Pool Complex)