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An Afternoon at Step Up

The clock strikes 4:30pm and I hear footsteps getting louder down the hall. It is Wednesday, the day when our Step-Up students come to the Hope College campus for academic support. These middle school students are eager to learn from each other and their mentors. They sign in, pick up their snack, and head toward the classroom in Dimnent Chapel. For the next one and a half hours, the students focus on completing school assignments and practicing essential academic skills.  Before long, their day ends at Step Up, with kids feeling good knowing they have worked hard and given 100% toward school.

Quotes from students

  • “Step Up helps me do better on my homework and study more.” Anelise, West K-7
  • “It helps me get my online homework done since I don’t have internet at home” Jaime, East K-7
  • “It has helped me study for class and in my assignments. This program will help me succeed in middle school and go onto high school and college.” Erick, Macatawa Bay

Quotes from Mentors

  • “I have enjoyed making connections and helping my mentees to learn more and get more out of their school work.” Christian, Sophmore at Hope College
  • “What I enjoy about being in Step-Up is interacting with kids and being able to help them with their homework.” Maribel, Junior at Fennville High school
  • “I’ve enjoyed meeting students and mentors and building friendships while helping others.” Lisa, Senior at Holland Christian.