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Volunteer Training Scheduled Throughout the County

December 14, 2011 - Brunswick County, NC - Ready for a New Year's Resolution which will benefit children, the community and yourself? Then itís time to become a school volunteer.

Communities In Schools (CIS) provides the Adopt A School and Volunteer Program to Brunswick County Schools to enhance the quality of education by bringing the community and its resources to the children.

Volunteers are needed to work with children and schools in a variety of ways: tutoring one-on-one, reading or listening to a child read, joining a child for lunch as a Lunch Buddy, participating in Career Day as a speaker, proctoring a test, helping with school fund raisers, assisting in the office or classroom, working on special projects, and serving on school committees. Volunteer opportunities vary from school to school and in the amount of time required, but all schools welcome community involvement. "While volunteers are needed in most schools, our greatest need is for mentors at Cedar Grove, Shallotte and Leland Middle Schools. Come be a lunch buddy and lend an ear" stated Linda Rumsey, Dropout Prevention Director.

How do you start? The first step to volunteering in the schools is to attend one of the two-hour volunteer orientations. (If you have done this in a previous year you do not need to attend again.) There you will learn about more specific ways of volunteering, communication skills, math strategies, schools rules and policies for volunteers, and who to contact at each school. Each participant will also be required to complete an application and a criminal background check. Once the background check is approved, the volunteer will be contacted by the school(s) in which they indicated an interest.

Volunteer orientation locations and dates are conveniently scheduled throughout the county:

Bolivia Elementary - January 11th 9:30 am; Union Elementary - January 12th 9:30 am; Lincoln Elementary - January 18th 9:30 am; South Brunswick Middle School - January 20th 9:30am; Town Creek Elementary - January 25th 9:30 am; Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary - January 27th 9:30 am; Waccamaw School - January 31st 9:30 am; Belville Elementary - February 2nd 9:30 am.

Registration is not required, but for additional information call Linda Rumsey, CIS Dropout Prevention Director at 910-253-5327, ext 1434.



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