Ohio schools seeking mentors to new refugees

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Schools in a southwest Ohio city are appealing for volunteers so students who left troubled homelands can get some extra help.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/KhemZH ) that Dayton Public Schools have about 25 volunteer mentors but would like more, with 105 student refugees eligible for help through a federally subsidized program. Those who want to become mentors are trained in teaching English as a Second Language and literacy and also get a "Refugee 101" class through Catholic Social Services.

Twenty of the 105 refugees came from Iraq, and most others are from African nations. They often have fled war and persecution, and students often have been out of school for long periods because of turmoil.

Federal funds have helped with startup costs and hiring an administrator.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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