Students: Kristen Biancaniello, 17, Denise Burch, 17,...


Students: Kristen Biancaniello, 17, Denise Burch, 17, Heidi Cox, 15, Brian DeVilbiss, 16, Molly Hall, 17, Shannon Johnson, 17, Lisa Link, 17, Katie McAuley 17, and Heather Swartz, 17, all of Broadneck Senior High.

About the students: They are peer tutors in a program at Broadneck known as the Neighborhood Schools Project under the direction of Broadneck's special education teacher Debi Kibalo and part-time teaching assistant Anne Davis.

According to Ms. Kibalo, "The purpose of the Neighborhood Schools Project is to develop and evaluate a model for providing an appropriate education for students with moderate to severe disabilities in their neighborhood school."

Three such students are in the program at Broadneck.

The students chosen as tutors for them must meet several criteria, including good academic standing and dependability. Some of the tutors get credit for their work.

Denise Burch, a senior, says the tutors must help students understand their assignments or modify them so they can be understood.

She says the 16-year-old she helps in her composition class is "doing just fine.

"My parents think this is neat, since I want to be a teacher, they think it will be good practice," she says.

Molly Hall, also a senior, says that the three students receiving assistance are doing "very well." The two in her dance class are "able to learn new dance steps, and they try very hard," she says.

According to Molly, the student population as a whole at Broadneck has been very receptive to the Neighborhood Schools program with many of the students helping out during classes.

"Student Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To contac him with suggestions or recommendations for this feature, call the Anne Arundel Bureau at 315-8911 or (800) 829-8000, Ext. 8911; fax the information to 315-8916; or mail suggestions to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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