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Volunteers: inspirations in Prescott classrooms

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Volunteer Norm Samuelson works with student Andrew Howell from Washington Elementary School.

Courtesy photo<BR> Volunteer Norm Samuelson works with student Andrew Howell from Washington Elementary School.

Schools are remarkable places were students obtain the academic, social and emotional learning that helps form their futures. Volunteers are important role models for these young people as they provide a variety of services in schools.

"We have a large number of wonderful volunteers working in our eight schools - but we always need more!" Prescott Unified School District Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Garnes said.

There are many types of volunteer opportunities available with PUSD depending on the volunteers' interests, talents, and available time. The district uses volunteers to assist students with reading and math and in the school nursing office and library. In addition, there are volunteer coaches and those who assist teachers and support staff with copying, filing and other paperwork. Opportunities exist for volunteers to assist with school grounds beautification projects or annual events such as Book Fairs.

A quality volunteer experience can provide benefits for all parties - the students, the school, and the volunteer. When caring adults are involved in education, students do better in school and life and schools and communities grow stronger.

If you are wondering if volunteering in PUSD schools is a rewarding experience, here is what some of the current volunteers have to say:

• "When you are tutoring, you give more than just time. You give some of yourself to make a connection with the student. The rewards are enormous when you see the light go on for the first time. Students are often behind in their classes but don't know why. If you can give them the tools to catch up and succeed, that is the best feeling in the world!" - Paul Wolfe, elementary school volunteer

• "I tell stories in the kindergarten class using sign language, puppets, activities and imagination. Several students gave me hugs on the last day of school. Telling stories and watching children's reactions is a joy." - Pat Gantz, elementary school volunteer

• "I don't feel like I am giving that much - just three hours a week. But what I get is PRICELESS". - Al Bowers, elementary school volunteer

• "As a volunteer, I represent an adult who cares about children as individuals and wants to help them succeed. I celebrate their accomplishments and help them discover their strengths. I get to see children light up when they see what they can do and when they see me. I am able to share their enthusiasm for life and learning. I get to meet so many young people to love, and who inspire me with their trust and openness." - Carolynn Bryan, elementary school volunteer

PUSD is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, July 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Prescott High School.

This third annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair is made possible through the support of the Rotary Clubs of Prescott, according to a news release.

Please take the time on July 8 to learn about PUSD volunteer opportunities and join our Volunteer Team!

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