March 16, 2015
I think Mother Nature was confused as she gave us a day of summer before spring actually begins. I, for one, would not mind seeing a lot more of summer before spring if that can ever be negotiated.
Have you ever heard the African proverb, “It takes a Village to Raise a Child”? As much as I have been under the belief that parents should raise their children, this took on a whole new meaning to me as I listened to a keynote speaker at a conference that I attended last week. The concept of volunteering also brought on new meaning as it was tied into helping raise and teach kids in communities and neighborhoods.
How many of you have a talent, a passion, or an interest that you may be able or willing to share? How many of you would be able to find the time to give back to our school, community, and the kids, in an effort to teach or spark their interest in what you may have a great desire? I know for a fact that we have students who would love to spend some time learning from you as community members. These experiences could run the gamut from helping with homework, listening to a kid read, help with math, guitar, gardening, history, stamp collecting, art, carving, painting, sewing, and the list can be unlimited. What we need are community members who would like see children grow and learn.
Currently, we have community members coming in to help students with reading and math during the day, we have community members teaching students how to knit and crochet, and we have volunteers helping with our elementary and high school robotics programs. We have even had a community member come in and teach our students about birding last year. These are exactly the opportunities that our students need. These experiences give our students a new perspective and a new learning opportunity. There is a need for so much more. We have students just looking and waiting for a chance to learn and grow. Our teaching staff does an outstanding job in teaching our curriculum that we need to deliver during the school year and they are stretched. What we are looking for are individuals who may be able to come after school and give of their expertise to help our students grow. Even if you are not an expert, but is someone who has a passion for what you do, kids aren’t fussy, they are just excited to be afforded another opportunity to learn something new.
It does take a village to raise a child and the next person that can help raise our children, could be you. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, please give me a call as I would be happy to visit with each and everyone who calls.
Make it a great week!