Volunteering is important. School districts depend on volunteers to make each school year a successful one. Despite the fall semester kicking off virtually, the need for volunteers is still great.
Education Connection is committed to serving schools and students in the Greater Austin area. In order to help facilitate the continuation of Education Connection volunteering we have come up with alternative indirect ways we can continue to serve the schools and most importantly the students.
6 Ways You Can Volunteer This Fall
Words are powerful. They have the power to build up or tear down. In these uncertain times, with so much negatively swirling around, our words of encouragement are crucial.
Would you commit to writing an encouraging note or email to a student, a teacher, or even an entire class?
The research shows that reading with students improves their sense of self and positively affects their success rates in the classroom. Not being able to meet with students in-person is a hard blow to the goal and mission of Education Connection.
Would you sign up to record a book reading for teachers to use in their virtual classrooms? Recording locations TBD.
A creative way to keep fostering a love for reading is to share a “Book Talk”. “Book Talks” – a quick “ad”/“teaser” of your favorite book, via video recording. Students will get an idea of what the book is about, creating interest in hopes they will choose to read that book or a similar one.
Would you be willing to record a 1-3 minute video sharing about one of your favorite books? Recording locations TBD.
We may not be able to read with the students in person, but we can provide resources for our students! Throughout the school year we will be collecting books for students grades K-5 to distribute throughout the 11 school districts we serve.
Would you consider donating one, two, ten, or even a whole classroom set of books? Collection locations TBD.
Another way to support our schools and students during this season is simply to provide resources. Students across the Greater Austin area are in need of, not only books, but holiday meals, birthday presents, and basic needs such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and other essential items.
Would you consider donating resources and/or funds to provide resources for students? Collection locations TBD.
These are just six of the non-traditional ways we can continue to serve and support elementary school students as they begin the 2020-2021 school year. We can still make a difference. We can still sow into our mission of every child reading by 3rd grade, but we can’t do it without you! For volunteers that served with us in 2019-20, a survey was emailed on Aug 20th with the above ideas listed. If you completed the survey, thank you. Once we have a detailed plan, next steps will be shared.
If you did not volunteer with Education Connection in the 2019-20 school year, please review the list above. Which option stirred your heart? Once you have decided how you want would like to engage, please email Education Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org and share how you’d like to be involved.
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