Silent Night, Wondrous Night

Our last night of tutoring in 2019 was surprisingly quiet despite the exciting festivities.

We stepped out of our routine so we could celebrate the holidays with our students. Each student/tutor pair got a ticket to visit three rooms during their tutoring session. We tried to keep the rooms a secret and it worked. The kids went and enjoyed the beautiful photos in the library. They selected four books for their winter vacation- the best selection we have ever had! The middle and high school students got gift cards for restaurants near their schools while the elementary kids got to select their very own toy from our “Surprise Room”. This was a SDRT first.

The beauty? Every single kid went right back to work. They actually kept reading. Many worked solidly, attempting to finish as much homework as they could since they knew there was only one night of tutoring this week. We were all more than impressed. What a special group of people we have here at San Diego Refugee Tutoring.

Thank you, Hope for San Diego, for making this night possible. Thank you, incredible tutors, for showing up and providing a 1:1 ratio. And, the real thanks goes to our students, who come consistently and do the hard work of reading and learning each and every session.

About Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips is one of the founders of San Diego Refugee Tutoring and currently serves as its Program Director. She has four incredible children, many years of teaching experience, and a supportive husband who also works in education.


  1. Susie Fikse on December 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I love this! What great smiles!! Thank you to all the generous givers at Redeemer Church, Covenant Church, Trinity Church, and Harbor City Church who came alongside these tutors who are so faithful every week to give a special surprise to these precious kids.

  2. Joan Sadorf on December 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    It was a wonderful time all. Seeing the holiday treats through our children’s eyes was beautiful indeed.

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