KU's Helping Hawks program underway

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Seven University of Kansas student-athletes are participating in the 2003-04 "Helping Hawks" program, KU officials announced on Thursday.

The Helping Hawks program places a KU fifth-year or medical student-athlete in an elementary and/or secondary school in Lawrence for a maximum of 10 hours per week during the academic year. The role of the student-athletes is varied -- they serve as playground helpers, classroom assistants and tutors, or perform a number of other tasks as assigned by their supervising teacher.

"We believe that the Helping Hawks program is a perfect example of a win-win situation," said Nancy Hettwer, KU's Helping Hawks Coordinator. "The student-athletes benefit from the experience of working with children, the schools benefit from their efforts and the children benefit from the interaction with the student-athletes. Our student-athletes enjoy interacting in the community and the Helping Hawks program provides a great opportunity for them to do so."

Anson Jackson (track) has been assigned to Susie Hock at West Junior High School. Under Hock's direction, Jackson, a math major, will provide assistance to seventh, eighth and ninth grade students who are having difficulty in mathematics.

Brooke Jones (soccer) and Kristy Hainer (rowing) are both serving at Hillcrest Elementary School. Jones and Hainer are both education majors, and will work with third and sixth grade classes, respectively.

Adam Steele (swimming) will work at Kennedy Elementary School. Steele will assist with Kennedy's after-school program several days a week, as well as helping in the classroom on specified days.

Valerie Migicovsky (women's basketball) will serve as a floater at Sunflower Elementary School. As a floater, Migicovsky will work with a number of different teachers and classes based on the school's needs each day.

Brandi Taylor (track) will spend time at Langston Hughes Elementary School. Taylor will work for principal Lisa Williams, and she will split her time between third and fifth grade students.

Finally, Glenn Robinson (football) will serve at New York Elementary School. Robinson will work for New York principal Sharen Steele, and he will help with primary and intermediate grades.

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