Henry County students struggling with homework will soon have extra help thanks to a new pilot online tutor program sponsored by the Tennessee Secretary of State.
Henry has been selected to participate in the program called TutorTN, which will provide online services to all county students.
"TutorTN provides a terrific service for young people," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a release. "I am pleased that we are able to offer this service for students who live in the Henry County area. If this pilot program is successful, hopefully we will be able to offer the service in other parts of the state as well."
Once student log onto the service with library cards, then select their grade levels and subjects, students type in their questions or upload problems to share with their tutors. Tutors work with the students in online classrooms where they can text, use interactive whiteboards and browse web resources or share documents.
The new program is funded by the Tennessee State Library and Archives and will be available to all W.G. Rhea Public Library card holders through the end of the current school year. If the program is successful, the State Library and Archives hopes to expand the service to all Tennessee students in the fall of 2015.
TutorTN will be available from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday connecting students to almost 3,000 vetted tutors for help in all core academic subjects and with writing papers and college essays.
Schools in both Putnam and Unicoi counties will have access to TutorTN this year.