Success of community lies in spirit of volunteering |

Success of community lies in spirit of volunteering

RFSD UpdateSuzie RomigGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

No matter your time, talents or interests, the Roaring Fork School District can find just the right fit for you to become a part of the lives of local students. Be a part of the success of local public schools and the community. Why should you volunteer? To enrich and expand student learning; to play an active role in the public schools; to strengthen schools and programs by providing authentic learning experiences; to help prepare local children for the world they will inherit; and to share wisdom and experience.The RFSD also successfully partners with dozens of area organizations, from Kiwanis Clubs to Solar Energy International, for the benefit of local students and schools. To get involved, or to start building a new partnership, call your local school or contact Superintendent Judy Haptonstall at 384-6000 or volunteer opportunities for the school year 2007-08 are listed below.

Taste of Basalt Committee; kindergarten tours; classroom support; field trips; class parties; and crossing guards. (384-5800)

school-based Buddy Program; building accountability committee; class fundraising events; athletic event volunteers; and outdoor education and trip sponsors. (384-5800)

work placement sponsors; senior project mentors; teacher appreciation events; mentors and tutors for students; and homecoming, prom and project graduation volunteers. (384-5959)

power lunch reading buddies; classroom assistance; Spring Fling and Cinco de Mayo volunteers; art fair and visiting authors helpers; CREATe team members; and field trip volunteers. (384-5620)

reading buddies; math tutors; Mesa Verde camp hosts; Mount Elbert hiking buddies; music, art and drama mentors; riverwatch and outdoor learning pals; library, media and technology aides; athletic event assistance – taking tickets, running clock and scoreboard, line judging and officiating. (384-5700)

business internships for students in conjunction with CMC/RFHS business class; Futures Room post-secondary opportunities for students; booster club school support group; quality learning team parent representatives working with school climate, academic excellence or scheduling groups; cultural awareness helping to increase Latino parent involvement; and parent classroom volunteers as needed. (384-5757)

Adopt-a-Class Program; challenge course; morning readers; Safe School Ambassadors; partners in education activities such as Spring Cleanup Day, Teacher Appreciation Week and Family Literacy Night. (384-5450)

partners in education; classroom and building volunteers; Junior Achievement Program; Math-a-Thon fundraiser; garden and grounds volunteer; Once Upon a Lunchtime reading buddies; “I love to Read” month (February); interpreters for meetings; volunteer coordinator; and field day and Spring Carnival volunteers. (384-5400)

adult reading partners; office volunteers; partnerships with teachers through classroom help; lunchroom help; field trip supervision; library volunteers; and athletic game assistance. (384-5500)

mentors for students; work-shadowing opportunities; Futures – organize materials describing university and career opportunities; work experience placements from employers; and informal tutors. (384-5555)

tutoring; reading buddies; outdoor trip support; lunch preparation; visiting artists; mentors for students; classroom support; Studio Tour fundraiser; and theater production including costumes, art, set design and construction. (963-9647)

senior paper reviewers; community mentors/40-hour student internship; Brown Bag It with the principal; monthly Teacher Appreciation luncheons, dinners; REACH; and Futures Room assistance. (384-5995)

Just some of the valley organizations that partner with the RFSD schools include: Access Roaring Fork; Aspen Center for Environmental Studies; Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs chambers; business owners and professionals; Carbondale Clay Center; Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities; Colorado Mountain College; Computers for Kids Foundation; Colorado Division of Wildlife; Junior Achievement; Kiwanis Clubs; Pre-Collegiate Program; Roaring Fork Conservancy; Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation; Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers; Rotary Clubs; Solar Energy International; Spellbinders; True Media Foundation; USDA Forest Service; and YouthZone.Suzie Romig is RFSD public information officer.

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