Eugene Science Center to continue tutoring program with NAACP

Tutoring will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Posted: Jul 5, 2021 2:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Beginning Tuesday, middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in a tutoring program hosted by the Eugene Springfield NAACP at the Eugene Science Center.

Tutoring will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The NAACP, who has hosted this program for the past school year, will be at the center with tutors to help students who are in summer school or those who need to spend some extra time on certain subjects.

Tutors are volunteer-based, and there is no cost to join the program. Kids are asked to come in prepared to let a tutor know what they could use help with.

Karyn Knecht is the Education Director at the Eugene Science Center.

“Hosting the tutoring program is pretty new to us,” Knecht said. “We hadn’t done this before the pandemic, but we are hoping to get a good turnout of kids who want to come and learn and study together.”

The Eugene Science Center has been closed to the public since March 2020. However, during the past school year, the center became an emergency child care center. They partnered with the NAACP to provide childcare for elementary-aged children where kids could also receive help with schoolwork and participate in science camps.

The tutoring program is expected to last through August, and some type of program will be available during the school year.

Knecht said the plan is for the Eugene Science Center to reopen to the public on September 10. Currently, they are working on creating new exhibits and training new staff. In the meantime, summer camps are being run for 1st through 8th graders.

There is a fee for summer camps but scholarships are available.

As many community members know, the Eugene Science Center is typically a place where you can park and tailgate for UO football games. This will remain the case for the upcoming season, and all proceeds will go to education programs

“Not only is it a great way to have a fun game day -- but also to support science education in your community,” Knecht said.

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