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Press Release for Student Help Project



Press Release for Student Help Project


A press release relating to the Student Help Project for Monday, November 18, 1963. The document covers the progress of the organization


Student Help Project
Queens College (New York, NY)


Shaw, Stan




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)



Date Created



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Spatial Coverage

Queens (New York, NY)


Queens College
of The City University of New York
Flushing, New York 11367
Gladys Wurtenburg
Public Relations
Hickory S-7500, ext. 286

The momentum of a student idea that started a small tutorial project in Queens last spring and carried a group of students to Prince Edward County, Virginia, this pg.st summer, has this fall opened twenty-two tutorial centers in Queens serving over 1,000 school children.
Two hundred and twenty students at Queens College are now registered
as tutors in the Student-Help Project, chairman Stan Shaw of Laurelton announced today.
Mr. Shaw also said that the project had received a grant of $1,975, from the Grand Street Boys Foundation to help provide field trips and educational supplies for the children at the centers. This grant, Mr. Shaw said, brings the total funds donated to the Student-Help Project since its inception early this year to over $10,000.
Most of the money was used to finance a tutorial project in Prince Edward County in July and August. Seventeen Queens College students helped provide schooling for some 1,000 children locked out of public schools there following a court struggle to integrate the schools.
For this fall's project, doors opened last month in 22 churches and public schools in Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, Corona, Rockaway, and Malverne for the collegiate tutors. Each tutor works with no more than five youngsters at a time for two to four hours each week.

“Usually, we have letters from the child's teacher or from a school counsellor telling us in just what subject he needs help, “ Mr. Shaw said., “We try to put together groups according to the subject, English, arithmetic, history, and so on, and also try to keep children together by their work level in school.”
The youngsters at the centers seem to like their Saturday morning classes, student tutors say, and they come dressed in their good school clothes. After lessons come games, “just for fun,” and then the tutors meet briefly to compare experiences.
Community organizations and individuals have given the Student-Help project 12,000 pounds of books. Those which were duplicates or for other reasons not sent to Prince Edward County are now being catalogued into a working library for the tutors in their headquarters at the Queens College Memorial Center on campus.
The “library” was called the “frozen idea” room by one student. It is housed in refrigerator rooms that were once used to store food. The Memorial Center used to be the college cafeteria and has recently been converted into a center for student activities. A few of its rooms attached to the old kitchen have not yet been renovated.

Bulletin boards in the Student-Help office list each center and the tutors' assignments. Tutors were chosen from over 300 Queens students who applied for the project. Mr. Shaw estimated that about half of the tutors were studying to become teachers.
No rigid formula is used to select the tutors but “all of them must be really interested and have the time to give to the project. We expect them also to have a good grasp of the subjects we work with.”

For specific problems with their tutoring, the students turn to their advisers, Dr. Rachel Weddington and Dr. Sidney Simon, Assistant Professors of Education, and often to other faculty members in various departments who offer them suggestions and ideas and who sometimes conduct seminars in tutorial techniques.
A few vigorous members of the faculty also volunteered to join in a student-faculty touch football game last week which raised funds for the project.
Cooperation has also come from the Board of Education, particularly through Mrs. Rosemary Battey, coordinator of community education of District 50, Queens, and Mrs. Noel Harris, a junior high school teacher who helps Mrs. Battey contact schools and match up children with centers.
Mr. Shaw thinks that the Student- Help Project has given Queens College students something specific to do and something they know how to do that will help the community . "Lots of students," he said, "believe in civil rights and in helping people to get better educational opportunities. But, not everyone likes to demonstrate or march on a picket line. This is something else they can do."
The project this year will be under the direction of Mr. Shaw and three other student officers elected by the tutors this fall. They are Michael Wenger of Woodmere, vice-chairman; Barbara Chanin of Flushing , secretary; and Phyllis Padow of Bellrose, treasurer. The directors are unanimous in their conviction that the Student-Help Project should become "a permanent fixture
at the college and in the community."

The Student-Help Project is an organization chartered and sponsored by the Student Association of Queens College which was given the "Distinguished Campus Award" this summer by the National Student Association and the Anti-Defamation League of B1nai B1rith for the project's work in Jamaica and in Virginia.
1. Saturday, 10 - 12 Springfield Gardens Methodist Church, Farmers & Merrick Blvds., Springfield Gard.
2. Saturday, 10 - 12 P.s . 40, 109-20 Union Hal Street, Jamaica
3. Tuesday, 7:15 - 9:15 Junior High School 59 , 132-55 Ridgedale Road, Springfield Garden

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (215.9 x 279.4 mm), 4 pages


Shaw, Stan, “Press Release for Student Help Project,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 26, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/175.