This is a win-win program.
Our Volunteers win because they are working with children that are eager to learn, doing something they really enjoy doing and are making a difference according to the Volunteers themselves. One Volunteer is thrilled to be back in the classroom and was even more pleased to be asked to sub on occasion. We expand the "children's world view past the walls of the school" and fulfill a goal of the Principal, Alan Sax to "build community relationships letting the Students internalize that they are part of a bigger future and a larger community".
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As a new Principal, Mr. Sax was very receptive to the idea of the Reading Program and is very comfortable having Volunteers help his staff. Mr. Sax relayed a story from one of our young students. Petty School has a VIP Day which has replaced Grandparents Day since most students have a VIP in their life that is not necessarily a Grandparent. The student asked if he could invite the "Reader" which is what the Volunteers are called by the Students. They read to us during our time in the classroom. Heartwarming to say the least!
Bottom line -- the children are excited and happy to see us and it's working. Please consider donating your time to this worthwhile effort.