Lynchburg schools are partnering with a community group to improve grades and opportunities for students.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is starting a new effort with Sandusky Middle School.

Members of the NAACP's Lynchburg chapter will tutor students in math, reading, and social studies.

The partnership is designed to improve Sandusky's scores on Virginia's standards of learning tests, which students have struggled with in recent years.

Along with test prep, the adults will provide mentoring to help students set goals and achieve their full potential.

"We can expose them to things that may be very useful for them, to help them determine and shape their future," said Gerald Cheatham, president of the Lynchburg NAACP.

NAACP members will also support teachers in the classroom, with students who may need individual guidance to succeed.