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Any Season, Any Year

A Note to Teachers

What if I told you a cadre of volunteers helping you would take some of the pressures off? What if I said you could use them without adding heaps of additional work to your already busy schedule? Don't laugh. It can be done. Check through the 101 jobs listed in Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms. Use it to focus your thinking about your school and classroom. Start small; build in small groups, classroom presentations and 1:1 assistants as you feel comfortable. It works!

A Note to Parents and Community Volunteers

Any time of year is the time to arrange for helping in classrooms. Schools and classrooms will find ways to use your support regardless of the grade and subject. Teachers need to know now when you are available so they can arrange their thinking and scheduling to 'plug in' your help. Share your available times and interests. You have so much to offer to help schools and teachers broaden and deepen student learnings. Plus, you will gain as much from the experience as the students do.

A Note to Year-Round Schools and Volunteers

You have the luxury to thinking around the entire 365 days of the year since your breaks are different from the traditional school.

      Schools and teachers, I suggest you send out a reminder as each break is arriving to invite the community to come in during the next session of school to share their talents and to support your classrooms. 

      Parents and community volunteers, I suggest you that when you see a school break arriving, you send in your offers of help for the next session of school.  Share your available times and areas of strength/skills/interests that support the     school curriculum.

Together we can help students grow and learn. We can spread out the weight of educating our children to extra shoulders lightening the entire load and involving more people in the process.

Paddy

A Voice for Volunteerism

 

Winter 2013 Newsletter