Where homework is fun!

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At 3:05 on a weekday afternoon when most children are heading out the door to enjoy the good weather, Dollard-des-Ormeaux School’s Victory Hall comes alive.

That’s when 65 students arrive to meet their tutors and do homework. They are all part of two homework programs that are offered at the school, the Daycare Homework Program and the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport (MELS) homework assistance program.

“It’s so encouraging to see the smiling faces walking down the hall getting ready to do homework,” says Diane Maher, co-ordinator of both programs. “The funny part is when they leave they are still smiling because they know that the work is done.”

All students have access to assistance with their work. After Christmas, DDO School principal Stéphane Lagacé hired 12 high school students to act as tutors and mentors for the program. The tutors are enjoying their experience with the children as well. Some of them have their eyes on education as a career.

Maher and Angela Cameron are available to support the children. The response from the students, teachers and parents makes it all worthwhile.