INDIANAPOLIS — As schools close due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and students transition back home to do virtual learning, a local tutoring company wants parents to know they are here to help.
“It is overwhelming, and I have three kids at home,” Precyous Mills said.
Mills is an Indianapolis mom who works from home. She is now preparing for next week when her three children, who attend Warren Township schools, will join her as their schools shut down once again.
After virtual learning in the spring, Mills realized that one of her sons, Avery, would need extra help. That is when she reached out to Sylvan Learning.
“I was a wreck coming in here because of being frustrated with everything, but they sat down, and I think we even shared some tears together, which was just overwhelming,” Mills said.
After an assessment, Sylvan educators decided Avery, who is in third grade, would benefit from three tutoring sessions a week. Just months in, Mills says she is already seeing an improvement in his reading skills.
“He’s more confident, which I love, because as hard as it is for a parent, it’s more hard for the child when they’re trying, trying, trying to learn stuff. They go to school, and they come home, and they’re still learning. He was even overwhelmed,” Mills said.
As part of an effort to help more families during the pandemic, Sylvan Learning is offering huge Black Friday deals.
“We cut our prices significantly so families like Precyous and Avery can come in and have a financial burden lifted from them,” Director of student advancement at Sylvan Learning, Hannah Wampler, said.
Sylvan’s main focus is on writing, reading and math. With four centers in Central Indiana, they also offer homework support, college prep, and beginning reading support.
“We really, really understand that the coronavirus has really impacted people’s lives both educationally and financially, and this is our day to say we want to help with both,” Wampler said.