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Duquesne Center Offers Tutoring, Homework Help

Uplift center focuses on math, common-core topics

By Matt Germaine
The Tube City Almanac
November 17, 2021
Posted in: Duquesne News

The Duquesne City School District has opened its Uplift Center, a facility that will provide after-school tutoring, homework help and additional programming for the district’s students.

“Right now, the center is focusing on math and all of the common core types of topics that students encounter in their everyday classes,” said Sarah McCluan, spokeswoman for the Allegheny Intermediary Unit. “But that will pivot and expand as the needs of the students change.”

At present, the center is staffed by a site director. Depending on how many students use the facility, the district plans to seek volunteers to assist with running the program.

The center is funded primarily through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, and supported through the AIU.

In addition to being available to students in grades 3-7, the Uplift Center is also open to members of the public.

According to McCluan, community residents may use the facility to gain access to educational resources and computer services at no charge.

"For example, if a community member needs internet access to be able to apply for a job, [the center] will be available for them to use," McCluan said.

Students who wish to use the center will be escorted by a school staff member during the walks to and from the facility, located a few blocks away from the school.

“In the short-term, we want to provide that extra support to the various core math subjects,” McCluan said. “But the long-term is to provide students with the support that they need, and that will change over time.”

The center is located in the Francis May Building at 111 Grant Ave. in Duquesne. It is open from 3:30 to 6:30 pm Monday to Friday

Matthew Germaine is a software developer and freelance writer in Wilkinsburg. He has previously written for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, AmeriCorps NCCC, and WGDR/WGDH radio. He may be reached at mgermaine93@gmail.com.

Originally published November 17, 2021.

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