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Cross Co. school and university team up for writing center


CHERRY VALLEY, AR (KAIT)-  Cross County High School opened a writing center this year that offers one-on-one peer tutoring during the school day and after school. The Cross County writing center is the first in the state to be maintained by a secondary school.

The school is collaborating with the Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas.

"Writing has been one of my biggest passions," said junior Kalina Smith. "It makes school really enjoyable for me."

Smith said she enjoys using her passion for writing to help other students find their own.

"I enjoy people coming in asking me questions and really trusting me to help them," she said.

Any student can sign up for a 40 minute appointment with one of the tutors. The writing center at Cross County is run solely by the students.

"It's helpful because it helps us learn something new that we might need later in life and we're helping other people too," said senior Robert Mettler.

Mettler said being a tutor means switching rolls from student to teacher. But it does have its challenges.

"Knowing when to teach and when to be a friend," Smith said.

"One kid might be happy and enthusiastic about the tutoring while another student will come in here and put their head down and act like their listening," Mettler said.

The tutors are picked by teachers and then they take a training class with English teacher Matthew Swenson, who is also the director of the writing center.

"First you learn how to do something then you do it yourself then you teach it," Swenson said. "I think you truly solidify when you are able to help someone else through the process."

Swenson said being a tutor helps students learn how to be a better communicator. Some students may need an editor while others look for a little direction.

"What we can guarantee is that we're going to help you in every way we can," Smith said.

"I know I'm actually making a change in someone's life," said Mettler.

Swenson said they also want to get the community involved in the writing center. He said they are working to sponsor workshops on creative writing and resume building. 

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