The Roanoke Center, the nonprofit division of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, is home to various beneficial community services, including a program that supports the education of local youth.
The Northampton Leadership Academy-East, a tenant at the center, provides tutoring and counseling services students throughout the region, every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 pm until 6:15 pm.
Dr. Cathy James, founder and CEO of The Northampton Leadership Academy-East, started the program in 2018. At that time, the program only had six students. The count grew quickly, with 20 students showing up the second week of operation.
“It was amazing,” James said, who holds a Ph.D. in ministry. “While we may not always have the funds, I have always had the vision to truly make an impact that is meaningful for both students and families.”
The program focuses primarily on boosting math and reading skills but can assist with other subjects as well. Snacks are also provided to participants. The sessions currently average from 15 to 20 students each week, with tutoring services provided by five local retired educators.
“All of the credit goes to those five teachers,” James said. “They are faithful and dedicated to being there for each of those students.”
James recalls a time when an adult studying for her GED came to her office needing assistance. “I knew we were only tutoring children at the moment, but I couldn’t turn her away,” James said. “That’s why our vision is to prepare children and their families with skills needed to build bridges and close gaps.”
There is a one-time registration fee of $20 for participants, primarily students in grades K-12. For students at Central Elementary School, transportation is provided to the center.
Sondra Dickens, The Roanoke Center’s director of energy business services, said the onsite tutoring service is in keeping with the center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the diverse communities it serves. “When we hear of an unmet need in our community, we step in and create solutions. A perfect example of this has been The Northampton Leadership Academy – East.”
To learn more about the program or apply for tutoring services, please contact Dr. Cathy James at (252) 578-7155 or stop by The Roanoke Center, located at 409 N Main Street, Rich Square, NC, 27869.