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Ossining Library Tutors Offer Free Math Help

OSSINING, N.Y. - Ossining resident Read McFeely wants students who are struggling in math to know they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.

“We want to help you and we’re here and we’re free and we don’t bite,” McFeely said Monday. “We know what we’re doing and we can show you a new skill if you want to come and check it out.”

McFeely, who has a PhD in Physical Chemistry, is one of several math experts in the Westchester area who offer free tutoring at the Ossining Public Library. The program, originally co-developed by Ossining resident Ijeoma Nnebe, allows students to receive one-on-one time with volunteer math tutors from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through June 18.

McFeely said he recently retired, but had children who went through the Ossining Union Free School District.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for the school and their math program,” McFeely said. “I know it’s a great program and I wanted to do what I could to help anyone who needed help with it because I know it can be tough.”

Nnebe said dozens of local students come in each week for help, but she knows there are many more who are not getting help because they are afraid of asking or can’t afford it.

“Our goal with this is to teach students not to be intimidated by math,” Nnebe, who has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, said. “We’re not here to replace their teachers. We want them to know that there is help available here and we have a lot of great people who are giving their time to get them through it. I really encourage people to come and take advantage of this free program because there’s a lot we can offer.”

Ossining college student and library employee Michelle Thomas, 21, came in Monday on her free time to get a little extra help she needed.

“I have struggled in math before but it really helps to have one-on-one tutoring,” Thomas said. “Plus it’s free and that’s really great. High school students can just walk up and get help so that’s great too.”

For more information on the program, including a schedule of meeting times and places, residents are asked to either visit the library’s website or call the Teen Room at (914) 914-2416 ext. 336.

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