KOKOMO, Ind. — A high school student struggling with math made the honor roll — with some help from an Indiana University Kokomo student.
Freshman Tramone Howard tutors children of all ages four days each week at Kokomo’s Carver Community Center, through the campus work-study program. It’s a job she find immensely satisfying.
“I feel like I’m making a difference for these students,” she said. “I feel like they have a better understanding of what they’re doing when I’ve helped them.”
Howard, from Kokomo, is especially proud of helping one high school student study for a geometry test. She waited anxiously to hear how he did, and was thrilled when he earned a B, and made the honor roll.
“It was exciting to think I played a role in his success,” Howard said.
Dennis Morgan, Carver Center executive director, shared in the excitement.
“His parents couldn’t thank her enough for what she was doing for their son,” he said. “I can see she has a love of helping others, and gets great satisfaction knowing she is doing this.”
Morgan hired Howard, who plans to be a physical therapist, through IU Kokomo’s work-study program. She helps three to five students each session, elementary through high school, with their math homework, and also provides a role model for the children.
“She is setting an example of what these kids can aspire to,” Morgan said. “I can see her serving as a mentor to some of our girls, showing what they can accomplish in life based on hard work, which she definitely is doing. She does an excellent job.”
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.