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New Washington County elementary school looking for volunteer coordinator

One-year pilot program at Rockland Woods could expand countywide

One-year pilot program at Rockland Woods could expand countywide

July 25, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Soon after the school year begins, the county's newest elementary school will have Washington County Public Schools' only Volunteer Maryland Coordinator.

The coordinator position is a one-year pilot program that school system Development Coordinator Terri Baker said officials hope eventually will benefit all public schools. The volunteer coordinator will encourage people to volunteer at Rockland Woods Elementary School, south of Hagerstown, and also develop partnerships with the local business community.

"Basically, we're going to ask (the coordinator) to find ways to mobilize our community to help our students succeed," Baker said. "(Volunteers will) feel like it's an open door, and they can come in and volunteer."

The position is funded through a partnership between Washington County Public Schools and Volunteer Maryland, which is a program of the governor's office. It is a one-year, full-time commitment as a member of AmeriCorps - known as the domestic Peace Corps.

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"It's going to take more than tax dollars to bring world-class education to Washington County," Baker said.

Officials have received a few applications for the position, which will be posted until July 31. The service year beings Sept. 17.

The service year offers extensive training, a $13,000 living allowance and a $4,725 post-service education award, Baker said.

Washington County Public Schools will pay a stipend contribution toward the training, living allowance, educational award and benefits of $9,500 and providing office space at Rockland Woods.

Volunteer Maryland pays the living allowance, educational award and benefits, and provides the training for the position, Baker said.

"We're looking for someone who wants to make a difference," she said of potential applicants.

The volunteer coordinator role will encourage volunteerism and other partnerships to benefit Rockland Woods in its first year, but Baker said the concept could be expanded to more schools the year after. Eventually, officials hope to incorporate the needs of all public schools in Washington County.

"There's just so many ways that we can enhance what we're already doing," Baker said. "I just see this as one more way."

To apply



To apply to be a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Rockland Woods Elementary School, go to www.wcboe.k12.md.us. Applications must be received by Thursday, July 31. The service year begins Sept. 17.

For more information about AmeriCorps, go to www.americorps.org.

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