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Students in Henry County awarded free online tutoring

By Katie Shambo
By kshambo@wbbjtv.com

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. -- A new program is offering every student in Henry County free online tutoring.

Henry County was one of only three counties in the state chosen this year for the pilot program. Putnam and Unicoi Counties in Middle Tennessee are the other two approved.

Tutor Tennessee is an online program offered through the public library that gives students one-on-one tutoring. All students need to gain access is a Henry County public library card.

Connie McSwain is the library director at W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris, and she is ecstatic Henry County was chosen. This program gave her the chance to do something she has wanted to do for a while -- that is get every student a library card.

"We have gone back and picked up all the cards, the applications, and they will be going into our system, and then we will deliver the cards back to the students at the schools," McSwain said.

The way the program works is once a student logs in, they enter their level and subject. Then they can type a question or upload their problem.

The students and tutors cannot see or verbally speak, which keeps the program safe.

Each session is saved so students or parents can refer to it later if needed.

Kathy Collins has a son who is a sophomore at Henry County High School and said they both have found the program helpful.

"Very easy to use. Very user friendly. The tutors were very good at their job and really helped us out a lot," Collins said.

The principal at Rhea Elementary School, Scott Owens, says this is especially helpful for students with limited resources.

"I think it's a great opportunity just for the population we have. If these kids use this they're going to be well off," Owens said.

The tutors are certified and are located across the country.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said if the program is successful the state library hopes to expand the service to all Tennessee students next fall.