Kids Care: Student Volunteer Program
Kids Care is a Middle School after-school service learning club (see web page) which has a long history of serving both the school
community and the community-at-large. Several years ago a formal
partnership between that club and the Elementary School was established to
provide students in grades six to eight an opportunity to explore teaching
as a career and also provide valuable services to the Elementary School.
Students fill out applications in the early fall identifying their
strengths and their experiences working with children. Applicants
participate in a training session where their responsibilities are
discussed which include maintaining good attendance, confidentiality and
being responsible citizens while serving in classrooms and throughout the
school. Applicants are posted and teachers make their selections from the
list. Students are assigned and then the partnership begins.
Students serve from once to three times a week following their school
day. They work in classrooms, the offices, the library, the art room, in
the music department and on 'special assignments' such as the recently
added after-school intramural program run by the Physical Education
Students receive written feedback from their mentors at mid-year and
attendance is taken regularly so that Certificates of Service can be
accurately prepared for each student and to include in their personnel
folders. Students have served a range of hours from 10 to over 100!
This program has gained popularity with the staff since students have
been charged with being responsible and the program has become more
formalized. We currently have approximately 35 students placed throughout
the school and have a waiting list as well.
Students are encouraged to reflect about their service and are provided
an opportunity to 'test drive' teaching as a career. It's a win-win
situation that we plan to continue to encourage.