October 1, 2009

Volunteers save the day for NE school

Category: Schools — admin @ 5:47 pm

Good ideas are great.  Volunteers making sure that good ideas actually HAPPEN (even if there’s no funding) are even better.

At the Jason Lee K-8 school, about 80% of the kids are on free and reduced lunch.  They get done with school in the early afternoon and need something constructive to fill the time before mom and dad get home.

Josh Springer had the brilliant idea to start a SUN-school community center . . . but the money wasn’t available.  So, as a new addition to the Jason Lee team he focused on what they COULD do.  And his idea was a simple tutor club.  Kids meet after school for help with their homework, and, at the same time, get some one-on-one time with positive older role models.

In a perfect world, there would be cash to pay a staff to work with these kids.  But we don’t live in a perfect world.

Or do we?

Springer says volunteers (a mix of local high school kids and community members) have been POURING in to help with the program.  Springer says he hopes that the successful program will help kids already slipping behind in this young school year, catch up and stay with their classes.

They have more space available so if you’re interested contact Springer here.

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