Every cell in eight-year-old Damaso's body is telling him not to do his homework. School is out. It's a nice day. There's a football game in the park across the street. How can he possibly tear himself away to bother with math and vocabulary?

Jennifer Dore, 20, Damaso's volunteer tutor, has her eye on him. She'll let him have his fun for a few more minutes. But there is no way Damaso will dodge his homework. Dore, a sophomore communications major at Villanova University, which is half an hour and a billion miles away in the wealthy Main Line, travels to...

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