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Cool Kid starts free after-school tutoring program

October 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cool Kid Sarah Gissinger saw that elementary school students were not getting that extra help that many of them needed.

"I wanted to find a way for us to reach out to our community and to serve that need for tutoring younger students," said Sarah.

Sarah worked with the Rancho Cucamonga Resource Center and students from her high school and started Lessons Learned. It's a free after-school tutoring program with the goal of breaking things down to make difficult subjects easy to understand.

"Just to see that moment when their face kind of goes, 'Oh OK, I get it now,' That's a really amazing moment to see," Sarah said.

Sarah is busy with student government and school organizations, but she makes time to balance everything and still be there for the kids who need her.

"It takes a lot for a student to manage the time with everything that she's involved in at school," said DR. Virginia Kelsen, Sarah's principal. "She maintains top grades. She's here because she wants to give back."

Right now, Sarah is a 17-year-old senior at Rancho Cucamonga High School. But her future and college plans will still include helping kids learn.

"I want to major in political science, so hopefully go into that whole government field. And also try to improve education is what I'm really, really passionate about," Sarah said.

Sarah Gissinger deeply believes in the power of knowledge, and she is doing so much to make sure all children have that power.