A major source of pride in the Charlotte area is the many talented and generous students our schools and families produce.Take Alex Heintze and Dani Brown, for example. Both are juniors at Providence Day School, play sports, get good grades and give back to the community. They also are members of the Providence Day Students of Service Club.Heintze and Brown also volunteer on Tuesdays after school for the Amigos de la Biblioteca program at the Independence branch library on Conference Drive. The Amigos de la Biblioteca program provides free homework help for children in grades kindergarten through fifth, to which English-as-a-second-language and non-ESL students are welcome. Heintze and Brown began tutoring at the start of the school year and tutor every week unless there’s a schedule conflict. “A friend of mine encouraged me to try this program, and I am so happy he did,” said Heintze. “I am an assistant tennis coach at Foxcroft East Tennis Center and love working with kids.”“Amigos de la Biblioteca gives me the opportunity to do something positive for kids who are trying to do better in school. I like making a connection with the students and feeling like I’m giving back.” Heintze plays on the varsity tennis team at Providence Day, and he has taken Spanish and French and is in his sixth year of Latin.Heintze lives with his parents, Rudy and Tracey Heintze, and sister Addison, 15, in the Colony Road area. He said he likes the sciences and is considering a future in research in the medical field. He is looking at universities now, focusing on Cornell, Virginia and Washington University in St. Louis. Brown plays varsity basketball and soccer. On Saturdays she takes part in a basketball clinic for young kids. “I have taken Spanish for years and love it,” she said. “I was excited to participate in Amigos de la Biblioteca because I could use my language skills and help children, although all the children are bilingual and speak English.“They are so awesome and eager to learn. Their parents don’t speak or read English very well and are therefore unable to adequately help them with their homework. Often the parents will sit with the kids while we help them so they can learn, too.” Brown said she is interested in becoming a doctor and is looking at Georgetown, Middlebury, and Brown as college choices. She lives with her brother, Cole, who is in the eighth grade, and parents, Bradford and Sharon Brown, in Dilworth. Heintze and Brown said their discipline with time management enables them to study, play varsity sports, work, tutor and have time for family and friends. “I plan ahead, using weekends to do projects and stay ahead of my work,” Brown said. “The teachers give us a syllabus so we can see what we are – and will be – working on. That helps a lot with planning,” Heintze said.For information about Amigos de la Biblioteca, contact Beatriz Guevara at 704-416-4833.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
Providence Day School juniors are aces in any language
Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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