Village Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and Dr. Thi Tran raised $1,681 for Tutors for Kids in the month of December. Tutors for Kids is a non-profit offering free tutoring services to students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade in reading, writing, math, and the sciences in over 12 schools in South Marion, Sumter and Lake Counties in Florida.

Dr. Thi Tran and Village Dermatology have supported Tutors for Kids since 2013. This year, Village Dermatology engaged their patients to help support Tutors for Kids and raffled off two prizes, a golf gift basket and a decorated Christmas tree. Tickets were available at the Village Dermatology office and the drawing was held via Facebook Live on December 14, 2018. Dr. Tran matched all ticket sales for a total donation of $3,362.

“Village Dermatology and Dr. Tran are wonderful supporters of Tutors for Kids,” said Carolyn Ruhe one of the founders of the organization. “Dr. Tran said he was tutored as a young student and realizes the importance of our program. We are so grateful for Dr. Tran’s support and it is because of donations like his, we can fund our mission.”

The money raised will be used to fund activities and purchase new books for children in the program. Last year, Tutors for Kids provided about 17,000 new books to children in the local schools.

“Dr. Tran has recently challenged us to give talking books to younger children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten who may not have family to read to them at home, which is very special,” said Ruhe of Tutors for Kids. “He is also asking other professionals in the area to donate and he will match their donation as part of this new pilot program. Such an amazing man with a true passion for reading.”

Dr. Tran specifically feels reading is the key to success in life.

“Every child has different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning and Tutors for Kids helps meet the needs of each child who enter their program.” Dr. Thi Tran said. “I feel if a child is given the tools they need to learn the basic fundamental concepts and encouraged to read, they can succeed in life.”