This Kudos Corner recognizes Kerry Finley. It was her idea to start weekly tutoring at St. Leo’s. Thanks to her idea, involvement and inspiration…this outreach has been thriving each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00! Teachers, parents and students are now volunteering to take part in the one-on-one tutoring to help grade school and high school students from St. Leo’s and surrounding area.
At the root of this great endeavor was the involvement of Kerry’s son, Cole, in helping at the English as a Second Language program at St. Leo’s back in 2012. Through this, Cole forged a wonderful friendship with Alex, a refugee from Burundi and a parishioner at St. Leo’s. At that time, Alex was a freshman at Withrow High School. Alex has since become like a “big brother” to Cole’s other siblings.
Through the tutoring program at St. Leo’s, many other Visitation parishioners have been inspired to get involved. We have seen bridges form across what often are divisions due to culture, race, language and neighborhoods. The kingdom of God has broken into the present! Kerry heard the call in her heart…and responded! What has resulted has been a blessing to many! Kudos Corner salutes her!