There is a high correlation between poverty and not doing well in school. Presently, Collinsville Unit #10 is at approximately 65% free and reduced lunches, putting 65% of students at risk of not being successful in school. Homework Help & Hoops (HHH) is an outreach ministry that was designed to help students in our community finish their homework and be tutored one-on-one in the subject areas they need the most help. This ministry began in January 2007 and has grown from one day of tutoring, to evening tutoring, to two days of tutoring, and finally to include a summer lunch and reading retention program (2012).
Over the years, there have been many St. John members who have given of their time to make a difference in the life of a child. On average, we service 50 children during the school year and we averaged 86 children a day at HHH Summer Camp in 2019.
We have partnered with many other groups over the years including
SIU-E America Reads, Reading Success Center, Eden Theological
Seminary, Collinsville High School National Honor Society, Foster
Grandparents, and many others on a more short-term basis.
We have heard from more than one teacher that the only day some
students turn in homework is the day after HHH. The feedback that we
receive from teachers is that they generally see academic improvement
from the students that attend HHH, but they report seeing a huge
difference in the student’s behavior and confidence because of HHH. It
just goes to prove that it takes a village to raise a child.
We have been around long enough that several of our HHH kids have
returned to serve as tutors for other children! The more volunteers we have to tutor, the more children we can enroll in our program. We have had awaiting list the last couple of years. If this is something you can help with, please contact Dana at 344-2526.