January 20, 2017
Whether or not you have children living in your home, the school in your neighborhood could use your help. Here are four ways you could contribute your time and talents to help a student succeed.
Volunteer with a local preschool. The time you spend helping a child learn letters, numbers, colors, and shapes could set them on a trajectory of success they might not otherwise achieve. Sometimes kids just need a little extra one on one attention.
By the third grade, the curriculum shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. This is a crucial time for students, and literacy is a key factor for their future success. Research has shown that children who are read to at a young age become better readers than their peers who were not read to. That's where you fit. Volunteer to read to kids or to provide literacy tutoring. Either way, you are making a positive impact on their learning potential. Readers are leaders!
One of the surest ways to predict that a child will end up in a dead-end, minimum wage job is for them to drop out before graduation. Many programs begin to work with at-risk kids during middle school. Schools may also be able to use an extra set of hands for field trips, training, or tutoring.
College or Career Preparation
Students graduate from high school are significantly more likely to attend a college or university, but they could still use your help. Supporting students by providing them with access to college or career while in high school will set them on the path to a successful future. To work together for the common good and help your community get involved in one of the following ways: