For the past 10 years, volunteer Roosevelt students have visited elementary classrooms for two hours on Fridays, listening to children read, assisting teachers with group activities, and mentoring young students. For the second year, Jackson School teachers, from kindergarten, first, second, and this year, fourth grades, have welcomed Roosevelt students to their building.
The Jackson students are excited to get such personalized attention, and the Roosevelt students re-experience the wonders of curiosity, trust and imagination so many of the young still expressbut a few reminders of the rewards of service and attention to our children.
The Roosevelt students reinforce the need to read by focusing their attention on the individual students during their reading block. Older students being present, encouraging and listening, send a clear message to young students about the importance of reading.
The Roosevelt students show enthusiasm and encouragement both during reading and other group activities organized by teachers. None of it would be possible without the extra effort and guidance provided by the Jackson staff. The project has proven to be a winning effort; positive cooperative action reinforces the value of learning while helping others learn.
The Roosevelt volunteers challenge the rest of the community; volunteer at Jackson, or any other school of your choice, and experience the intrinsic bliss of helping young students maximize their limitless potential.
We welcome educators to write an article showcasing positive activities featured in their classrooms or schools, maximum 300 words. If you have an article, contact Mike Cannariato at Roosevelt, 966-3250, ext. 4308.
From the Feb. 15-21, 2006, issue