DELAWARE COUNTY

Tutor program teams students

CHESTER Widener University has teamed up with a Chester school to provide one-on-one academic tutoring to increase literacy among at-risk youths.

The pilot program will team up students from Camelot Education's Chester Transitional School who have a record of serious disciplinary infractions with university students. The pairs will meet twice a week for 45-minute sessions. Daikon Lutheran Services will identify the students and work with families who participate.

The program, which began in September and lasts for 10 weeks, was created by two Widener faculty members, Mimi Staulters, an assistant professor of special education, and Nancy Blank, a professor of criminal justice.

"We're shooting to improve literacy in our students who have gotten into trouble and are taking advantage of a second chance," said Daniel Peticca, executive director of Camelot Chester. He said they hope to see improvement from the students in all subjects. - Mari A. Schaefer