Volunteers are amazing. Chosing to share time and skills with others is a fantatic gift that people give. In 2016 alone, over 2,500 individuals made that choice and shared over 60,000 hours with children, youth, and adults across the country. (For those who like comparisons, that is equivalent to 33 people working 35 hours a week for 52 weeks!) Each program is as unique as the place where it is, but the common thread of literacy can be found in them all.
This week, York Teach Education Community Placement students joined our group of volunteers. They will be working with the San Romanoway Revitalization Association in North York between now and spring 2018.
All volunteers spend time in training to ensure that they are equipped to be successful in their role and this group was no different. They spent time learning about the program, what their roles would be and how to make learning meaningful and fun. Based on the smiles around the room, I think it is safe to say that they enjoyed their time making games for the kids they'll be working with!
In the weeks ahead, these volunteers will be spending time with kids in after school programs. The kids are in JK to Grade 8 and the volunteers will focus on education and do things like
- help kids with homework
- play games to build or solidy those crucial foundational skills (adding, place value, fractions...!)
- take time to talk to kids about their day or their learning at school
- take attendance, hand out snacks and helping the community partners keep the program running smooth.
- and so much more!
Looks like its gearing up to be a great program this year! Thanks to the volunteers!!