Carteret Receives $5,000 Grant Towards Homework Help Program from Verizon Foundation

Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman announces that the Carteret Business Partnership, Inc. (CBP) has received a $5,000 grant from Verizon Foundation towards the return of Carteret’s “Teacher in the Library” homework help program at the local community center and library.

The program, which originally began as a pilot in January of 2014, has also begun to spawn supplementary educational offshoots over the course of about two years. October’s “Games of the Mind” provided free chess, checkers, and Sudoku lessons, while the “Summer Projects Sessions” in August offered assistance to students in completing summer assignments. The program has now become a permanent part of the Borough’s approach to after-school academic enrichment. Funding for all programs is provided through a combination of grants from the Carteret Public Library, the Carteret Business Partnership, and Verizon.

Through “Teacher in the Library,” local students from any grade may receive free after-school homework assistance and guidance from fully accredited, certified teachers. Students attend on an as-needed basis without the hassle of registration or a predetermined number of hours of assistance. Teachers commit to providing a structured, after-school learning environment in the library where they may assist both students and parents in completing assignments.

“We fully recognize that the academic success of any student can be facilitated with assistance that takes place beyond our classrooms,” Mayor Reiman said. “I know this will be a lasting and invaluable program for Carteret students, and one of many to come that will noticeably improve academic performance across our school district.”

“Verizon is proud to support the education system in Carteret,” said John Szeliga, the External Affairs Field Director of Verizon. “We will continue to use our resources in helping set up targeted programs where they are most needed.”

The “Back to School” homework help sessions are also offered to assist students in completing summer projects. Those sessions, which ran the last two weeks of August, served over 200 students. Borough officials expect similar participation levels throughout the academic year.

Teachers are available for homework assistance at the Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Avenue, from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. No registration is required.

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