Spencer honored as an Acadiana Community Hero
Howell "Howie" Dennis is the news editor for The Crowley Post-Signal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-783-3450.
Audry Spencer has been on quite a roll lately.
Last week, she was named April’s Acadiana Community Hero, which is sponsored by KLFY 10 and Giles Automotive, for her Tutorial on Wheels program. The program, which provides free tutoring for students from underprivileged homes, will be moving into larger quarters this year. They will be moving into the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office’s old Criminal Investigative Division building, which was donated by Sheriff Wayne Melancon.
“Things have been going really well,” she said. “We have been working hard trying to get this building ready for the next (2014-2015) school year.”
While the $3,000 she received for being named an Acadiana Community Hero does help, it will take much more to get Tutorial on Wheels up and running by next August. When it comes to donations, however, Spencer graciously admits that the “kindness of strangers” has been treating her quite well.
“God has been good to me lately,” she said. “We just recently received nine computers that were donated by Mid-South Bank. We’re going to need more money to get our building ready and we are looking for a van so that we can go out and pick up students instead of just having them dropped off.”
Tutorial on Wheels has received quite a bit of recognition even before Spencer was honored as an Acadiana Community Hero. State Rep. Jack Montoucet, mentioned Spencer’s program as a prime example of “a good NGO (non-governmental organization)” in a recent interview with the Post-Signal.
“Bob Giles told me that this is the type of thing that people need to read about,” she said. “He said ‘we always read about the bad things that are happening out there. This is something good.’”
Those wishing to donate to Tutorial on Wheels can call Spencer at (337) 212-9753.
Donations also can be mailed to P.O. Box 1812, Crowley LA 70526.