Public Education Foundation of Anniston 1302 Noble Street, Suite 3E ∼ Anniston, Alabama 36201 256-237-0053 ∼ Fax: 256-237-0937 ∼ firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM The school Volunteer Program exists to enhance the effective use of teachers in the classroom, to broaden the educational experience of our students, and to generate greater community involvement and good will in the schools. Program Goals • Enrich children’s learning opportunities • Establish school & community partnership for quality education • Assist teachers & support staff in instructional and non-instructional tasks • Provide opportunities for meaningful service • Provide assistance for individual students • Aid students in their quest to reach their fullest potential • Increase students’ knowledge of the community and their contact with its citizens • Enhance all aspects of the educational process At the principal’s request, volunteers may assist in the following ways: A. Instructional Support - curriculum and classroom-related activities; motivational programs; materials and program development; enrichment programs. B. Support Services - clerical, physical education C. And other ways that the principal deems appropriate. Volunteers are recruited from many different populations including parents, community members, senior citizens, civic groups, churches, agencies, postsecondary students, businesses, and retired educators. Roles and Responsibilities Volunteer Coordinator A. Providing orientation and coordinating training for volunteers; B. Placing and scheduling volunteers in cooperation with principals and teachers; C. Providing encouragement and recognition for volunteers; D. Participating in coordinator meetings and training; E. Maintaining school volunteer records. Teachers The teacher is responsible for: A. Providing volunteers with clear direction, materials, and space to work; B. Reporting problems with the volunteer placement to the volunteer coordinator;
C. Providing volunteers with encouragement and recognition. Volunteers The volunteer is responsible for: A. Attending orientation and training as appropriate; B. Carrying out assigned duties; C. Being punctual, reliable, discrete, maintaining confidentiality, and following the schoolâ€™s procedures; D. Reporting problems with the placement to the volunteer coordinator; E. Completing a "Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement" and clearance form for background checks. Our Impact Teachers report that, of students who received volunteer help last year, 96% improved in school work 92% improved in self-confidence 89% became more interested in school 27% no longer need extra assistance Volunteers per school: Anniston High Anniston Middle Cobb Elementary Constantine Elementary Golden Springs Elementary Randolph Park Elementary Tenth Street Elementary
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115 volunteers, 7 schools, 609 students served, 5500 hours of volunteer services, dollar value of volunteer hours provided $89,815.
The Public Education Foundation of Anniston (formerly known as the Anniston City Schools Foundation & Next Start Program), has provided academic support services for “at-risk” students in the Anniston City School System since 1998. (All children are “at-risk” at some point in their life. And all children, whether they are labeled “at-risk” or not, need mentors, role models and caring adults in their lives). Active Programs The Reading Game was implemented in 2004. The goal of the Reading Game is to boost reading skills through competition. Students are recognized each sixweeks grading period for improving their reading skills and are awarded with books, certificates and t-shirts. The classroom with the highest percentage of students reading at grade level receives $100 and a trophy. The classroom that shows the most improvement from the previous six-weeks also receives $100. and a trophy. This program is held at all five elementary schools.
The *Mentoring Program is a school-based program matching community volunteer with students who have been identified by their teacher, principal, counselor or parent as needing extra support, attention or friendship. The mentor has the opportunity to meet with the child during the school day: during class time, outside of the class, or during lunch time. Our mentors are screened, trained and matched to a child for the entire school year. Mentors commit to meeting with their mentee once a week for an hour. The mentor is informed of the mentoring goal once we receive the referral form indicating if the relationship shall be primarily academic, relationship building or behavioral. School-based mentoring can be operated at a fairly low cost. Because the schoolbased mentoring program makes use of school facilities, we only need to provide resource materials to the volunteers, i.e., mentor handbooks. Goals • • • • • • • •
Staying in school, graduation Finding solutions to problems Improving behaviors Drug-free and crime-free behavior Creating a willingness to trust and accept responsibility Increasing attendance Improving academics Promotion from the current grade
*As a school-based program, all meetings between the mentors and students must take place on school grounds.
Many different school districts including Alabama are now requiring that Character Education be specifically addressed in the classroom. With this in mind the Class Act Program was developed. Class Act has 32 volunteers from business/industry, civic and community groups that facilitates mini sessions on character education once per week for forty-five minutes each Tuesday for 489 students at Anniston Middle School. Sponsors: (Past and Present) Jacksonville State University (Education Dept), Rising Star Methodist Church (Harold Ray), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Faith Outreach Ministries (Wonder Osborne & Pastor Wallace Cooley), Regions Bank (Anniston), Regions Bank (Lenlock), Regions Bank (Saks), RMC Occupational Health, Wachovia, Thankful Baptist Church (Alice Easley), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Anniston Star, Anniston Community Education Foundation, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, JSU Wellness-Anniston, YMCA, B. R. Williams Trucking, Inc., Greenbrier Church of Christ, Steve Folks-Carver Community Center, A. C. Consultant & Counseling Services (Anthony Chatmon), Community Foundation of Calhoun County, Westinghouse-Anniston, Fred Robinson, Jacksonville Medical Center, Alabama Power Company, Amsouth Bank, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Coosa Valley Youth Services, Next Start, Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of East Central Alabama, Rodney Greenwood-TV 24 and Compass Bank. Goals • To develop skills for building a positive sense of self • To develop skills for building more effective personal relationships • To encourage quality choices and responses for experiencing success as a citizen Character education does not require vast funding. Primary expenses include initial training, resources materials, and year end awards for the students.
After- school Tutoring: certified tutors work with high school students one-onone or in small groups under the supervision of teachers in academic areas in which students had failed one or more parts of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. During the 2006-07 school year nineteen of the thirty- two students that participated in the tutoring program passed the exam (59%), and in 2007-08 fifteen of twenty -nine passed the exam (52%). Tutoring is done by qualified teachers from within the Anniston City School system.
Motivational Assemblies are held three times per year at Anniston Middle School and once a year at Anniston High School. Each assembly is value driven leaving the students with tips and tools they can implement daily to improve their success skills and their lives.
Over $1,000 students are served through this program yearly. There is usually no cost depending upon the speaker. This year the cost for this program is $300. Our speaker in March is Mrs. Emily Studdard. She is an educator in the Birmingham City Schools system and is the mother of â€œAmerican Idolâ€? Reuben Studdard.
Scholarship Program : A scholarship program was established and implemented in May 1998 through a partnership with the City of Anniston. Scholarships are awarded to qualifying Anniston High School graduates who choose to continue their education beyond high school. Students that attend Calhoun County Colleges: Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College received tuition and book scholarships sponsored by the City of Anniston Scholarship Fund. Students who choose to attend college or a university outside of Calhoun County qualified for a scholarship (on a limited basis) through the Next Start Partnership Fund. Local businesses and individual donors contribute these funds. Scholarships Awarded 1998-2008 604 in the amount of $579,252.89
Student Orientation This program provides provisions of orientations and workshops for first generation college students and their parents; and provides information on how to be a successful student along with financial aid counseling.
TEN YEARS HELP I NG STUDENTS TO SUCCEED
Public Education Foundation of Anniston's yearly update