Successful peer tutoring program expanding

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A peer tutoring program that has seen success after being implemented in schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is planning to expand.

Charlie McVean started Peer Power seven years ago at his Memphis alma mater, East High School. The program pays students willing to tutor struggling underclassmen up to $10.50 an hour. Since its beginnings, the program has spread to seven schools in Memphis and Mississippi and reaches about 1,000 students who need help with classwork.

McVean, the chairman and CEO of McVean Trading & Investments, announced this month plans to double the number of schools participating and expand the idea around the nation.

McVean told The Commercial Appeal ( that the expansion would be successful because the program has been shown to work.

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