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Lane Lincoln teens tutor younger students

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By Ron Benningfield

 Several young members of Lane Lincoln CME Church in Hodgenville are following the Golden Rule through offering free academic tutoring.

“I’ve always wanted to help others the way I would like to be helped,” said LaRue County High School senior Christian Pope, who with seniors Shaila Winston, Sheridan Myers and junior Misha Jakes are tutoring LaRue County students each Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church.

“Except for their teachers, some of them have very few resources, especially after school, and with all of us tutors being fellow students, I think we help create a bond between us and those we help,” said the straight-A student. 

Carl Pope, Christian’s father, said the tutoring idea originated when Nessa Love brought the suggestion to the church’s pastor, Aaron Moss, who approved it.

 “The church made the tutoring open to anyone who needs the help,” Pope said. “We wanted to offer it at no charge and to make sure they understand whatever they’re being tutored before moving on.”

Love said, “We all need to help each other, and most of these kids feel comfortable having other students tutor them.”

Between two and six students have taken advantage of the service since the first session on Sept. 5. Winston said the wide variety of requests for help have covered math, English, social studies and science.

Love said she expects more students to come after fall sports are finished. Christian said the sessions will continue so long as the students keep coming.

Though they don’t receive monetary rewards, the tutors have already been compensated in other ways.

“I remember I was helping one student who just wasn’t getting a concept in Algebra I, and as I was helping him understand it, I saw that ‘light bulb’ come on, showing me that he understood,” Christian said. “That left me with a really good feeling.”