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Bethel Academy opens its doors to serve the children of Ardmore and Lower Merion for the 2016-2017 school year. Bethel Academy is a volunteer, outreach tutoring program which serves the minority community of Lower Merion and Ardmore. The program offers a FREE after school tutoring and homework help for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, also serving ESL students who study English as a second language. They encourage scholastic achievement in the community of young students with a focus to combat the achievement gap that exists often with students of color regardless of socio-economic background.

Bethel Academy is a ministry of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA led by Rev. Carolyn C. Cavaness. In addition to the academic programs, they offer a variety of enrichment programs including a music program for string instruments and tennis lessons in the Fall and Spring. “We want to be a resource to the community beyond the four walls of our sanctuary, and by providing a nurturing environment for school age children to learn and grow we are lifting up our local families,” said Rev. Cavaness.

At Bethel Academy, they strive to enrich and strengthen the learning experience students receive in school. Three days a week, they provide a supportive and safe environment where students can complete homework assignments, receive reinforcement in reading, writing and math skills.

Bethel Academy’s qualified volunteer staff consists of current and former educators from Lower Merion School District, also students from local colleges and universities.

Check out their new website www.bethelacademy.net

By: Tiffanie Stanard, Host/Producer @Philly_Speaks @TiffanieStanard

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