Volunteer Corner: Jon Sturtevant
What is Students for Students? It started as a summer tutoring program for elementary students. During the school year it’s an after-school tutoring program for high school students. And it’s free.
What do you tutor? I usually do math but can help in any subject. We usually get math, though. Right now I’m in calculus, but we mostly get geometry and algebra II.
How did you get involved? My freshman year I wanted to do something, and my best ability was in school. I wanted to start some kind of tutoring, and most students have trouble in math. My mom is an elementary teacher so I could use her classroom. In the summer, we mostly play [math] games like Around the World. The second summer I added reading and English. Then last summer we got rid of English and stuck with math. My junior year we started the after-school tutoring. It’s through CSF (California Scholarship Federation), for fundraising and community service. I’ve been the president my junior and senior year. Since first grade I’ve wanted to teach the grade I was in. I’m still looking into it as a career. What can I do for the community and can use my skills? I started Students for Students my freshman summer ” 2004. Then the after-school started in 2005. The CSF club volunteers their time. I’m hoping the program will continue after I leave, that the teacher in charge of CSF will keep the tutoring going. And I’m hoping to find someone to do the summer program because the kids love that.
What else do you like to do? I’m in the fall play ” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I’ve been acting since I was 5 or 6. That’s my main hobby besides school. And there’s CSF. And I did a paper recycling program that we started last year. And a bottle and can recycling [program]. We have a Dumpster on campus now, and we had no recycling before. Maybe we’ll even save the school money. I helped start those programs. It seems to be running smoothly and teachers are using it effectively. It’s a pretty cool thing.
You’re a senior this year at Tahoe Truckee High School. What are your plans for college? Next year I want to go to UC Berkeley. My uncle went there and I like the location. Mostly I’m looking at something with math or humanities. I’m not sure yet, though. I still might want to be a teacher. We’ll see.
What’s your favorite subject? I probably like algebra the best. And I liked pre-calculus last year.
Are you excited for college? I’m really excited ” looking forward to more freedom. And more respect and having that freedom. And I think I’ll like the classes, too. Doing things you want to learn instead of what you have to learn.
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