Averett students 'Teach It Forward' across the city

Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 5:03 PM EDT
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Averett University students are being encouraged to teach it forward.

It's both a friendly competition between the college kids, and a mentoring and tutoring experience for the kids they're working with.

"We're not only helping them, but they're helping us as well, so it's kind of like a good experience," says Averett student, Ravyn Johnson.

Averett University students have been flooding churches and youth centers all over Danville as part of the Teach It Forward Challenge.

They help the kids on their homework, and have some fun, play time.

"I do play basketball at Averett, so they like to challenge me on that. I usually play one-on-one with them if they want to," says Johnson.

Averett students are divided into teams and split up at different locations, to earn points and win.

But the students say that's not why they are doing it.

"Most of the kids actually go to school right across from Averett, so we've actually visited over there. They look up to us as their older siblings," says Johnson.

The Boys and Girls club is just one of the locations.

They see about a hundred kids a day after school, so it's nice to have extra hands.

"When you get that one-on-one attention, it helps create that 'Oh, this is fun. I like doing homework," says the Boys & Girls Club Education Coordinator, Heidi Kefauver.

Computer time, experiments, games, they do it all.

"There's lots of opportunities for children to come and play and be children. We focus on that. We want it to be fun for them here. If we can slip in some education, that's okay too," says Kefauver.

Even though they're in college, the Cougars say it's nice to be reminded of the little things in life.

"Even though in school, it can be really stressful, but they remind me that there is happiness," says Johnson.