Sunday Night Lights

on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

Sometimes everybody needs a little help! School can be tough for even the best of students.

Jason Moore, an English teacher in the Evergreen School District, knows that as well as anyone. So when his two sons suggested they start a tutoring service to provide homework help for their fellow athletes who were struggling academically, he encouraged them to pursue their ideas.

Sunday Night Lights was the brainchild of Jason's sons, Jordan and Zion Moore. Completely student led, the boys invited their friends who needed a little help to join them on Sunday nights from 6 – 9 PM at their home church, Good Shepherd Lutheran to work on homework, eat a little pizza, and just hang out-eventually other students began to come, whether they were athletes or not. Now, a regular crowd of 30 kids is coming every week.

They describe themselves as a "peer-led tutoring hub". Their mission is to "provide the place, the access and the necessary equipment in hopes to help other students to get their projects off the ground." They started with just 4 peer tutors. Three years later, there are 15.

Jason Moore and another teacher provide an adult presence, but this is truly a student led group. And the results are almost staggering . . . better grades, better attendance, and less discipline problems among those who are participating!

As a result of the success of SUNDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, two additional groups have been launched in other cities. Student leaders run the efforts in each location, facilitating this peer-to-peer interaction that has proven to be so effective.

SPN commends all those involved with SUNDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. For more information check out their website at: http://sundaynightlights.org/