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Mon January 26, 2009
Volunteers sought for Communities in Schools program
By Scott Harvey
Commerce – The Commerce ISD Communities in Schools program is asking for your help in mentoring and tutoring students; as well as, providing training programs, organizing after school programs, or being a guest speaker to a class.
The Communities in Schools program is a way to bring the community into the classroom to help kids succeed for life. The program addresses children's unmet needs by allowing an adult to come into the school to work with the child. The program is geared to help students with academics, attendance and behavior problems; as well as, provide mentoring for any child needing somebody to talk to and share some time with them.
You can volunteer for a one-time event/project or you can volunteer on an on-going basis for an entire semester and/or school year.
Mentor would go to school once a week and meet with a child. You can help that child with school work, you can read together, play board games, or you can have lunch together and visit. The main thing is to spend time with the child.
The tutoring program is everyday after school from 4-5 p.m. You can volunteer for the days you can be there and the subjects you would like to help tutor. Also, you can volunteer to help a teacher in a classroom. You can help one time, or you can go on a continuing basis.
There is a training session scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Commerce Middle School for anybody interested in volunteering. You will need to bring your driver's license and your social security card for a background check if you decide to sign-up as a volunteer.
The Communities in Schools program is also in need of new and gently used CISD standardized dress clothing donations and school supplies.
If you are interested in helping with the program, but cannot attend the training session, then please contact Lois Stevens at the Commerce Middle School at 903-886-3795 or at Lois.Stevens@commerceisd.org. Also contact Ms. Stevens if you would like to make a donation of clothing or school supplies.