Rotary club pledges $75,000 for Hilton Head tutoring program

The Van Landingham Rotary Club has pledged to raise $75,000 to help create a virtual learning center for after-school programs on Hilton Head Island.

The money will bring the Neighborhood Outreach Connection three-fourths of the way to the $100,000 needed to establish the center, according to a news release. The center will provide students and teachers with technology needed for tutoring and homework help.

The Neighborhood Outreach Connection focuses on connecting residents of distressed neighborhoods on Hilton Head and in the Bluffton area with resources and services. Its flagship program includes after-school tutoring sessions at The Oaks apartments on Hilton Head, where the center will be established.

Volunteer tutors and local teachers help the students with homework and computer-based tutorials in reading and math. About 180 children are enrolled in the tutoring program.

The planned virtual learning center will replace old borrowed computers with newer models, and will provide more space to accommodate more students, the release said.

Families in the area also will be able to use the computers to access resources and increase their involvement in their children's education.

The club considered more than 20 local organizations and visited six of them before selecting the Neighborhood Outreach Connection as its beneficiary, the release said.

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