, Salem, MA


February 24, 2014

Letter: Salem schools thank volunteers

To the editor:

The Salem public schools and the Community Volunteer Program wish to thank the many individuals who give their time and energy to support Salem’s teachers and contribute to the success of Salem’s students.

Our volunteers are a wonderfully diverse group. They range in age from 22 to 90, with backgrounds in business, education, banking, technology, retail sales and construction. Our volunteers are mothers and fathers, students, retirees and professionals. Some are incorrigible volunteers; others are exploring volunteerism for the first time. All of them are making a world of difference by lending a hand to the Salem public schools.

Our volunteers provide smiles, academic support, one-on-one mentoring and an extra hand where it is most needed in the classrooms, libraries and school offices. Our volunteers deserve every bit of the appreciation they receive from the children and the teachers they support.

And the secret is now out — volunteering is fun!

If you are currently volunteering, I thank you for giving your time to Salem public schools! Your work has great value and importance. If you would like more information about volunteering, please email We are currently looking for volunteers to support students in kindergarten through grade eight. And we can always use volunteers during the children’s lunch and recess times.

Thank you, times a million!

Yvonne van Bodengraven

Community Volunteer Program

Salem Public Schools

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