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June 24, 2009 > Hayward Public Library helps local kids succeed in school

Hayward Public Library helps local kids succeed in school

Submitted By Sean Reinhart

Hayward Main Library celebrated the first anniversary of its highly successful Afterschool Homework Centers on June 10. Over 100 students, parents, volunteer tutors, and public officials attended the event. Friends of the Library organized the catering.

Speakers and attendees included representatives from all levels of government. They recognized the work of the students, tutors, and staff in the program with speeches, certificates, and a plaque. Nearly 50 regular student users of the Center and their parents were also recognized.

In its first year of operation, the Homework Center at the Main Library assisted an average of 30 students daily, four days per week after school. 24 trained volunteer tutors regularly assist students with homework in the program. The Centers at the Main and Weekes libraries have 25 laptop computers and unlimited access to live, online homework help service

The Centers are entirely funded by federal Department of Education monies through the end of FY 2012.

Hard work and dedication have ensured the success of the Library's new Homework Centers. The national and local team effort is something of which we can all be proud. Congressman Pete Stark's efforts led to the inclusion of the program's funding in the Appropriations Act 2008. City departments, including the Mayor and Council, Library and Neighborhood Services, Technology Services and the City Manager's Office, delivered a service that benefits the community which we all serve. Volunteer tutors and the success of the young people, who supplement their school day at the Homework Center, have made the program worthwhile.

For more information, contact Sean Reinhart, Acting Library Director on 510 881 7956 or email

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