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Students find incentive to do homework

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Monserrat Sánchez, 11, (left) and Janett Sánchez work on an assignment at the Homework Club at Truckee Pines Apartments.

The Truckee Pines Apartments community room has become a happening place after dark.On Monday night the place was packed with students hanging out, talking, giggling – and doing their homework.The Truckee Pines Homework Club is where students have been gathering on Mondays and Thursdays since the beginning of the school year. The program is open to first through 12th graders, and there are tutors on hand to help them with their homework.Brothers Homero and Socorro Zarate, eighth graders at Alder Creek Middle School, used their time at Homework Club to work on a book report.”I come here because I want to finish my homework,” Homero said.

Socorro continued: “Cause if you don’t finish your homework, you don’t get a good grade.”The brothers say they come to Homework Club because they want to, not because their parents made them.Julie Bowman, who has managed the apartment complex for six months, discovered the program after she found a file in her office with information from a Homework Club at Truckee Pines that ended in 1997.”I was contemplating starting it up again, then [Alder Creek Middle School bilingual education aide] Sandra [Fox] approached me,” Bowman said. “We kicked it into gear right away.”Now, Bowman and Fox host 15 25 students each week in the community room.

“It would be nice if we have more volunteers and tutors there because [the students] stump me,” Bowman said.The Homework Club has some ground rules; students must sign a behavior contract before joining the program. However, most of the program’s structure comes from encouragement.If students attend 10 Homework Club sessions in a row, they get prizes. If students improve their grades, they get prizes. If one student helps another, he or she will get a prize.Bowman approached businesses in town for donations. She found candles, ice cream coupons, videos, days at the KidZone, books, food, toys, movies and more.”The community has been very supportive,” Bowman said. “When it comes to young people, they don’t turn a blind eye.”

Check it outTruckee Pines Homework Club• Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30 5 p.m.• Truckee Pines Apartments, 10100 Estates Drive, Truckee• Call 582-5555

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