by DREW HOWARD
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of a new Rochester Hills tutoring center designed for children with special needs at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 18.
Created by Karla Barnett, Dynamic Kids is a nonprofit, private tutoring organization that aims to engage students ages 5-18 with “unique learning needs” through customized programming. The organization features tutoring in math, reading, writing and comprehension.
“This is near and dear to my heart,” Karla Barnett said at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “This is here to primarily help fill the gap in special education. I want to ensure that the children who come to the center feel like academic superstars, that they feel positive about their academic experience.”
“It’s also an opportunity to help parents help their kids,” she added. “A lot of times parents don’t know how to tutor or work on homework with their kids, so we’ll teach them how to do that as well.”
Tutoring sessions are being described as “affordable,” and are expected to run 30 minutes with an additional 10 minutes at the end for tutors to work with parents. Students will be expected to complete homework, according to Barnett. Other benefits include a sensory-friendly classroom, reduction in behavioral and emotional struggles, and “improvement in academic performance, retention and personal growth.”
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett praised Karla Barnett’s service and entrepreneurial spirit. “We don’t have one giant business in the city – we’re not one big auto plant,” Mayor Barnett told Karla. “We’re a bunch of folks like you who wake up every day and try to make the community a little bit better. And especially in the industry that you’re in, and the work that you’re doing, it’s so critical. It takes a special person with a servant’s heart.”
Dynamic Kids is located at 455 S Livernois Rd in Rochester Hills. For more information, visit dynamic-kids.com.