Summer volunteers needed

Published 6:50 pm Saturday, June 13, 2015

Retired folks and high school students might not seem to have a lot in common, but in Suffolk both groups could be in high demand this summer.

Suffolk Public Schools are looking for a cadre of volunteers to help with the system’s new-look elementary summer school program, and the city’s seniors, as well as those who can hardly wait to be (high school) seniors, are among the perfect candidates for the jobs.

“Right now, we are looking for anyone who might be interested in volunteering as a classroom assistant during the academic programs in the mornings, or helping out afternoons with one of the enrichment classes,” Catherine Pichon, principal of the Learning and Enrichment for Academic Progress program, said this week.

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Enrichment classes span from sports to French, Pichon said, so they’re after a wide variety of expertise. Also needed, she said, are speakers for in-house “field trips,” and chaperones and helpers for actual field trips. Plus they need cafeteria monitors, guest readers, special event planners, school-family liaisons, and office, library and coaching assistants.

That’s a lot of positions for folks with everything from years of experience to the kind of energy that stems from a limited number of years on Earth.

Retirees can take advantage of the opportunity to be mentors and role models for the young students. High school students can take advantage of the opportunity to contribute some of their volunteer hours necessary for them to receive their diplomas.

The elementary students and those participating in the enrichment classes will benefit from increased personal attention from folks eager for the chance to engage with them.

To offer your services, contact Catherine Pichon at 934-6224.