Community volunteers help steer students toward success

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GREENFIELD — At 13 years old, Eric Cisneros is one of the Greenfield Intermediate School’s oldest fifth-graders.

Born premature, the elementary school teenager is small for his age, making it easy for him to blend in with his peers, but he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the obstacles are many. He’s already repeated two grades, and keeping up is sometimes a challenge.

But a new after-school tutoring program is aiming to help kids just like Eric, who might need a little extra instruction to navigate their studies.

GIS Principal Jim Bever presented the program to the Greenfield-Central School Board during the Spotlight School presentation portion of Monday’s meeting.

The program, he told board members, is run entirely by a small group of skilled volunteers that plans educational games and fun activities to keep fifth-grade students focused on learning.

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