Welcome to Healthy Cities Tutoring !

Helping Children Succeed

HclogoIn 1996, a group of San Carlos citizens started the Healthy Cities Tutoring Program to give our children and families a stronger sense of community through education. Today, Healthy Cities has blossomed into a tutoring program where more than 300 volunteers shared their time and expertise with over 300 elementary and middle school students this past school year, making a real difference in each child’s academic progress.

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Healthy Cities is now offering a new flexible volunteer opportunity! Click here to learn more.


Thank you Healthy Cities Volunteers!

On Tuesday, May 10, Healthy Cities Tutoring held its 20th annual Volunteer Recognition Reception to celebrate and honor our 336 volunteers who provided tutoring to 393 students in 7 schools in San Carlos and 3 schools in Redwood City this year. The recognition event was held at the San Carlos City Hall Council Chambers and students, parents, teachers and the broader community all came to thank the tutors for their service.

The reception began with opening remarks from San Carlos Mayor Cameron Johnson and San Carlos School Board Board President Kathleen Farley. Mayor Johnson spoke fondly of having his own inspiration and role models in his life and the importance of having someone who took the time to listen and make him feel better about himself and how they still have an impact on his decision-making and the way he lives his life today. President Farley also thanked the tutors for their dedication and the impact that HCT has made for children and families in our community.


Additional speakers at the event included John Triska, principal at Brittan Acres, who spoke about the difference that the Healthy Cities Tutoring program has had at his school. A single parent who has a child in the program talked about having the support of a Healthy Cities tutor to help her son and a volunteer tutor with his 8th grade student spoke about the connection they made over the past years. And lastly, a 4th grade student at Clifford School thanked her tutor for helping her to succeed in school.


Certificates of appreciation and gifts were handed out to all of the volunteer tutors. In addition, HCT was proud to honor the tutors who have reached a noteworthy tutoring anniversary:

  • 5 year Tutoring Award Recipients: J.R. Bae, Paula Boghossian, Mindy Hill, Esther Klein, Kelly Lawrence, Mila Paul, Dan Robinson, Caitlin Schneider, Cynthia Wiggin, Ben Wu
  • 10 year Tutoring Award Recipients: Joanne Chow, Kate Connors, Nancy Iavecchia
  • 15 year Tutoring Award Recipients: Michael Felix, Susan Henry
  • 20 year Tutoring Award Recipient: Joyce Strauss

Many thanks to all of our volunteer tutors and for the support from the broader community that makes our work possible!  

​​New Flexible Volunteer Opportunity!

In connection with San Carlos School District Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring now supports students in group settings as well.

Volunteers for this program do not need to commit to a full year of weekly one-on-one tutoring. Just sign up for the days you are available. We hope this will be perfect for students with frequently changing schedules, people who travel a lot or one-on-one tutors who want to help even more students.

There are two locations where you can support students in a group setting.

1) "OWLS Literacy Center" at White Oaks School

  • Help 3rd and 4th graders with basic reading skills
  • Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays
  • 3:00 to 4:00 pm

2) "Homework Central" at Central Middle School

  • Help middle school students with homework
  • Tuesdays
  • 3:15 to 4:00 pm

Please click here to learn more and to sign up for tutoring in a group setting.

Important Dates

May 21 (Sat): San Carlos Hometown Days, join us in the parade!

May 30 (Mon): Memorial Day, All schools are closed, no tutoring at any school.

June 8 (Wed): Last day of school for Charter Learning Center

June 9 (Thu): Last day of school for all Redwood City Schools (Clifford, Fair Oaks and Connect)

June 14 (Tue): Last day of school for all other schools (Arundel, Brittan Acres, Central, Heather, Tierra Linda and White Oaks)

To see the San Carlos school district calendar with holidays for the entire 2015-2016 school year, please click here.

Click here to see the Redwood City school district calendar (Clifford School) with holidays for the entire 2015-2016 school year.

Healthy Cities in Numbers 2014-15

  • Number of schools served: 8
  • Number of students served: 330

  • Academics: 83% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that academics improved for their students enrolled in the program*.

  • Classroom Participation and/or Confidence: 76% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that participation and/or confidence improved for their students enrolled in the program*.

  • *based on assessment tool designed by Healthy Cities Tutoring and filled out by the student's teacher(s)

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    Annual Report 2014-15


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    Become a Tutor

    A great and most rewarding way to give back to your community is to become a tutor. Some key points of our program:

  • One hour a week
  • Flexible times
  • No previous experience required
  • Ages 14-99
  • Training Provided
  • Make a difference
  • Earn community service hours
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    Help Healthy Cities

    Healthy Cities depends on grants and donations, as well as volunteers to keep it running. Your donation or time would be greatly appreciated. Click the donate button to donate any amount and click the volunteer button to start the process to become a volunteer tutor to a child who is waiting for you!

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    Tutor Corner

    Tutor News May 2016 (issued 5/5/16) The latest important practical information for Healthy Cities tutors.

    Video Tutor Orientation and Training, held on October 22, 2014


    Tutor Training part I Short intro by Donna Becht and presentation by Andrea Andersen (reading and writing K-2nd grade).

    Tutor Training part II presentation by Lauren Pachkoswki on the mentoring aspect of working with your student.

    Tutor Training part III presentation by Lorraine Rossi on working with Middle School students

    Video of workshop "Learning Styles", held on April 7, 2014

    Missed the workshop on Learning Styles? No worries! You can catch up on this very interesting topic by clicking on the link. What type of learner are you?


    "Learning Styles, everyone learns differently"

    Video of workshop "Supporting Your Student in Math", held on March 4, 2014

    If you weren't able to attend this workshop, led by two teachers from the San Carlos School District, check out the video links. Part 1 is about the "Everyday Day Math" curriculum that is being used in the elementary schools in San Carlos and Part 2 delves into the aspects of a math class in middle school.


    Part 1: elementary school part of math workshop

    Part 2: middle school part of math workshop

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