Four Aggie fraternities are giving back to the Bryan-College Station community by tutoring and mentoring local grade school students.

In 2009, a tutoring and mentoring program was created by the president of the Sigma Chi fraternity as a form of community outreach, starting with student members of the College Hill Baptist Church in College Station. Tutoring is free of charge and takes place twice a week during the spring and fall semester. Currently, members of four fraternities — Sigma Chi, Chi Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Phi Delta Theta — contribute their time and efforts to help students grow academically.

Jordan Markim, president of Sigma Chi and business administration senior said approximately 150 of his fraternity’s members participate each semester.

Detrick Eaton, director of tutoring service 99 Tutors, introduced the fraternities to the local church. He said the program took off well and has grown tremendously over the past 10 years.

“It’s more than just tutoring,” Eaton said. “It’s young men that take time out of their day to go and provide academic help, mentoring and support to young men and women. There is a bond that’s really developed between getting to know someone from when they are six years old until they graduate high school.”