BOISE, Idaho — The owners of Caffe Capri in Boise are doing more than just brewing coffee. They are providing a space for free math tutoring lessons to K through 12th-grade students.
"I brought it up to my wife, and I just said, hey, can we just do a math tutoring class inside here? And she said, you know what, I already know a person that used to be a math tutor. So she approached Mike, who is our math tutor, and asked him if he would be willing to do it twice a week," said David Becker, co-owner of Caffe Capri.
The tutoring classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is a limit on how many students can attend the tutoring lesson because of COVID-19 precautions.
"My wife and I have two nieces who are educators, my daughter in law is an educator, and we have six grandchildren. I was thinking about how I can help them when
they are struggling, and they are doing everything online," Becker said.
Becker is a big believer in education and wants to support students who need a little extra help.
"I believe in math and reading are the two most important things a student can learn because once you learn those two things. It helps you you be successful in other things," Becker said.
A local parent said it's making a difference in her son's studies.
"He was able to raise his grade last quarter and get caught up because the pace is super fast with the online school," said Kimberly Matias. "It's an incredible community service they are providing."
Becker said they plan to offer the math tutoring classes until the end of the school year.
"We just thought that we could help in some small way to those people that couldn't afford the tutoring expense. We knew we could do it if we can do it for a couple of hours. We are really doing it because we care," Becker explained.