Caring for our kids 

Recently a community member asked me how our community might better show its concern for our children. 

This was my response…

One tangible way would be to have a dedicated group of volunteers who would be at the school regularly to be an extra set of eyes and hands.  I’d love to have different people sign up to greet the buses each morning to welcome kids to school.  I’d like to see “breakfast buddies” and “lunch buddies” sit and eat meals with students.  I’d like “recess buddies” to play games with the kids during recess.  And, when those volunteers are here, I’d like them to check in with teachers, volunteer to make copies, tidy up the teacher work room, volunteer for tasks like cleaning the trophy cases, or baking goodies or bringing fresh flowers for the teacher work room, just as a few examples.

Ideally, we would have 20-25 volunteers who have gone through a background check and orientation/training (how to operate the copier, honoring and respecting confidentiality, who to report concerns to, etc) who would take turns doing these tasks coordinated by a volunteer coordinator.

These acts of kindness would go a long way in making employees feel appreciated and valued.  I recently read that teacher stress in the United States is at an all-time high and that teacher stress results in greater levels of student stress.  By supporting teachers, volunteers indirectly support students.  And, the extra sets of eyes on kids could help alert us to any concerns or issues.  Noticing and responding appropriately to changes in behavior or attitude is a key step in making sure the students have their emotional and mental health needs met, thereby keeping the school safe.

I hope you will give my response serious consideration.  Volunteer applications and background check forms are available from Cheryl in the main office.

All the best!

Dr. Angle

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle On 27 February, 2018 at 1:55 PM  

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