The Times West Virginian

September 22, 2013

FSU offers programs to elementary school students

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — This fall, Fairmont State University will be offering two academic programs to elementary school students.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Fairmont State University Counts program will enable students in kindergarten through fourth grade who are having difficulties with math classes to receive tutoring.

Amy Drvar, the coordinator of the program, said sessions last for one hour and are held once a week for eight weeks. Students who enroll in the program can choose to attend the sessions at either 5 or 6 p.m. on Wednesdays or Thursdays through Nov. 14.

The program is supervised by Pam Kabulski, a math teacher in Marion County, and FSU tutors assist the children in the development of their math skills.

In addition, the Fairmont State Reads enrichment program will be offered to students in kindergarten through fourth grade beginning the week of Oct. 7.

Drvar said the program is held from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays at Monongah Elementary School and from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in room 215 of the Turley Student Services Center on Fairmont State’s campus.

The enrichment program will last through Nov. 11.

As with the Fairmont State Counts program, FSU students serve as mentors in the program. Drvar said Fairmont State Reads is not a tutoring program, but that it encourages students to enjoy reading while developing strong vocabulary skills and good reading practices.

Students in the programs will participate in vocabulary games and story time and will also complete writing and art projects.

Drvar said both the Fairmont State Counts and Fairmont State Reads programs are free and that they benefit all who are involved.

“They are great programs with a successful history that help grow leadership skills in our students who volunteer as coaches or mentors, yet also improve math and literacy skills in school children throughout the county,” Drvar said.

To register for the math program, complete an online form at Be sure to submit the student’s name, grade and school as well as the desired day and time. Also include the parent/guardian’s name, a phone number and any important additional information such as allergies or health concerns.

To register for the reading program, contact Sarah Williams, Reads graduate assistant, at 304-367-4204 or by email at The student’s name, grade and school, the parent/guardian’s name and phone number and important additional information such as allergies or health concerns should also be submitted.

For more information, contact Drvar at 304-367-4644 or at

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