The Education Department at the VFW National Home for Children strives to help residents of all ages ‘turn on the lights’ through student-centered programming that is focused on building a sense of duty to self, family, school and community. Throughout the school year, education staff and volunteers work closely with local schools, Clinical Services, parents and others who are invested in the success of National Home students. Help is available to all age groups, from preschool through college and beyond.
A major focus of the Education Department is tutoring. Education staff work one-on-one with students on any area where they may need extra help. This can include organization, study skills, reading, math, setting academic goals, homework or preparing for standardized tests to name a few. The goal of tutoring is to not only help students improve academically, but to teach them strategies and skills they can use throughout their academic career to become successful independent learners. All residents, including adults, can use the Education Department as a resource to help them succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in life.
Computer Lab – The computer lab is open for residents to use after school and in the summer under the supervision of Education staff and volunteers. Residents can use computers for homework, job hunting, online courses, email or just for fun.
Library – Our library contains a large collection of books and audio-visual materials. Children can check out books and take them home with them, or use the quiet library area for study or leisure reading.
Summer Enrichment Program – The National Home’s Summer Enrichment Program ensures that learning doesn’t stop when the school year ends. Participants learn about topics from astronomy to zoology through field trips, team projects and hands-on learning opportunities.