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Guide aimed at recruiting more math mentors

Math is a subject many people shy away from and students dread learning. The Fayette County Public Schools Friends Mentoring Program is hoping to change math’s stigma for both adults and students.

A taskforce, made up of current and former math teachers and retired business people, has just started working on a math guidebook that will be used by volunteer mentors to help students at all grade levels. The book will outline sound teaching practices that go along with the Georgia Mathematics Performance Standards.

A reading guidebook has been in use for years, but the program has never had one that focused on math. It is hoped that the guide will help the program attract more volunteers who are willing to assist students with the subject. The goal is to show both adults and students that math can be fun.

The taskforce completed its initial meeting in March and plans to have two to three more to create a draft and finalize the guide before the end of the school year. Anyone who would like more information about the mentoring program can contact Jane Gough, 770-460-3990, ext. 255.

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