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Two fifth-graders tutor younger students in math

Carrington Baker, left, and Kacie Hose

Carrington Baker, left, and Kacie Hose

April 29, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Two Mercersburg Elementary School girls talk enthusiastically about cell phones, iPods, the Disney Channel and math.

In fact, math games will be a key part of a summer party that Carrington Baker and Kacie Hose, both 10, are planning.

The guest list definitely will include three second-graders whom the youngsters have been tutoring, they said.

"We feel like sisters," Kacie said.

"We do," Carrington added.

Carrington and Kacie spend 30 minutes every morning before school working with the younger students on skills such as subtraction.

The fifth-graders develop their own lessons and have incorporated aids such as bingo boards and a cash register.

"I brought in stuff they could buy with the fake money," Carrington said.

The goodies included notebooks, crayons, markers and wallets, she said.

"They each got the same amount of stuff," Kacie said.


Lessons begin around 7:30 a.m. and must wrap up before the announcements signal the start of school at 8 a.m.

"Since we don't have that much time, it's hard to teach them so much," said Carrington, the daughter of Eric and Annette Baker.

Kacie said the most rewarding part is knowing that "we started out with one girl and then we got another one and another."

"These boys come by and want me to tutor them," she said with a laugh.

Kacie and Carrington, students in Tom Kriner's class, are trying to better their own grades and create lesson plans that coincide with holidays.

"We plan ahead a lot," said Kacie, the daughter of Jerry and Kristin Hose.

Each received assistance with math skills in the past and is considering a career in teaching. For now, though, enjoyment comes from working with the younger girls who are "really fun."

The second-graders look for Kacie and Carrington at recess and seem appreciative of their work.

"When we leave, they all give us hugs," Kacie said.


Name: Carrington Baker and Kacie Hose

Hometown: Mercersburg, Pa.

Occupation: Both are fifth-grade students

What was your proudest moment?: "Finding out that we had three girls to tutor," Kacie said.

Whom do you most admire, and why?: Both said their parents and grandparents.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received and who gave it to you?: "Don't ever play with sharp stuff," Kacie said.

What is the next goal you would like to achieve?: They said they want to improve the grades on their report cards and are looking forward to going to middle school.

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