For all the effort being devoted to closing the achievement gap in our schools here is likely nothing as effective at this stage as rolling up our sleeves and dedicating the time and effort to tutor kids who need help. In other words closing the gap kid by kid.

United Way of Dane County and its partners have been using this approach for a long time now and it works. And thus now is no time to stop.

Last week United Way got a quarter of a million dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service to place 20 AmeriCorps members in Madison and Middleton high schools. They will serve as tutor coordinators to help kids with algebra, one of the key gateway courses to academic success. Now they need tutors to coordinate.

That’s where you come in.

If you’re proficient in math and care to work with a high school student call United Way 2-1-1. Just dial 2-1-1 and you’ll get information on how to proceed.

We need to leverage this grant. More important we need all of our kids to achieve.