The second and fourth Wednesday of each month has been set as the day when volunteers will come into the Clear Creek Connections room and work on any task a teacher has left in there to be done. November, December and May are the only months when work days will occur only on the second Wednesday.
Volunteers can come and go as you please. If you have an hour in the afternoon, feel free to come. A half hour in the morning, feel free to come. All are welcome. We just ask that you check into the office on your way to the Clear Creek Connections room.
While in this program, your students are paired with a high school student from Clear Lake High School. The high school mentor will meet with their mentee once or twice a week for 30 minutes. Elementary students are selected to participate for many reasons, they may be a new student or a student who is shy; or the student may need help building friendships or self-confidence; or they may need some academic help. Sometimes the mentor goes to recess with the student; sometimes they stay in the classroom and give support and attention; other times they just spend time and talk….always focusing on our “Lion Pride Motto:”
- Do What’s Right
- Do Your Best
- Do Treat Others Nicely.
The high school student receives a service credit towards graduation. The high school guidance counselor, Cathy Spotts, and the Clear Lake Schools Family Service Coordinator, Sally Duesenberg, work together to match high school students with elementary and middle school students. The focus of the program is to provide another positive role model for the student being mentored. In the past we have found that both the younger student and high school student have the opportunity to grow in self esteem, friendship and responsibility
The program is meant to be a positive and encouraging program and takes no time away from classroom studies.
- 4th grade – Thursday, November 10, 2015
- 5th grade – Thursday, December 8, 2016
- 3rd grade – Thursday, February 9, 2016
- 2nd grade – Thursday, March 30, 2016
- 1st grade – Thursday, April 20,2016
- Kindergarten – Thursday, May 11, 2016
Thanks go out to the foster grandparents in the picture (from left to right) – Darlene Toyne, Shirley Orthel, Lavonne Kacer and Joanie Nielsen.
Are you interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent? Please call Mary Litterer at 641-257-6327 to learn more about this very worthwhile and rewarding opportunity!