, Salem, MA


November 29, 2013

Column: Salem schools could use an extra hand


The Community Volunteer Program thanks the wonderful individuals who have already jumped in to support this new initiative. Thank you, Ben, for providing the muscle last Saturday and helping with a new playground installation. Many thanks to Betsy, who reads to first- and second-graders for an hour every Thursday. Our gratitude goes out to Loretta, who shows up twice a week to organize books for the Literacy Program. Kudos to Janet, who helped finish up some office tasks, and to Linda, who puts in a day or two each week to shelve books in the library. Gracias to Sarah for her help in the adult English Language Program. Thank you, Helen, for scooping ice-cream during a recent fundraiser, and thank you to Susan, Kristen, Zina, Liz, Georgette, Heather and Jeanne for offering your time and energy to support the students of Salem. Many hands are already helping in the Salem schools, yet there is a constant need for new volunteers. The goal of the Community Volunteer Program is to increase volunteer help in the schools by one thousand hours this school year.

Are you ready to lend a hand? Please email Prospective volunteers looking for additional information can also check out the Salem Public Schools website ( ). From there, please follow the Quick Links to Community Volunteer Program. Join our team of volunteers and support Salem public schools. Together, we can have a positive impact.

Yvonne van Bodengraven is community volunteer coordinator for the Salem public schools. This column is one in a series from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.

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