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School volunteers sought for RSVP program

October 13, 2009

The RSVP program at the Commission on Aging is looking for volunteers for the following elementary schools: Cascade, Greenbrier, Rockland Woods and Sharpsburg.

The program is for people 50 and older who want to help in local schools by tutoring, mentoring, doing clerical work or using special skills.

The program has volunteers in 11 elementary schools under a partnership that has been going on for many years. Volunteers have been former teachers, nurses, business professionals and housewives; people with a long list of talents and volunteer experience who still find time for neighborhood school children.

Anyone who has helped with homework or has had practice sharing a game board with children in their own family has the skill and caring needed to act as a school volunteer.

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When you become a volunteer, the teacher chooses a child and the materials to use and you choose the day and times during the week that you want to be at school on a regular basis.

Besides tutoring, "mentoring" is another form of helping at school.

A volunteer becomes a companion to an assigned student and may go along to lunch, a play period, a library story time, a sports session, plus tutor. School volunteers may also fill a teacher's clerical needs, assist with computer instruction or use other special skills.

For more information, call Charlotte Levens, program coordinator, at 240-313-9139 (evenings) or e-mail crlevens@gmail.com. Provide your name and address and ask for a registration form.

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