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Become a Learning Buddy at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School

Do you have some free time one morning a week from about 9:00 - 11:00 AM? If so, the Learning Buddy project at Andrew Jackson School has need for a few more tutors of elementary students during their Language Arts block. The opportunities are varied: listen and guide beginning readers as they read to you, instruct slightly older students in reading or math, or assist the teacher in a classroom. Or perhaps you'd prefer to use your hobby or interest to help with after-school clubs (3 - 4:00 PM). Maybe you could come to school during lunch periods to help out in the lunch room.

The Learning Buddies project is currently in its fourth year. It began as an outgrowth of the FirstUU Social Justice theme of Literacy in the fall of 2010. It has been enthusiastically embraced both by the church, the community, and the school. Today there are close to twenty volunteers who go to the school weekly. Most go on Wednesdays, although there are a few people who go other days. This year the need is greater than ever because cuts in school funding have led to cuts in school personnel and educational materials. Classes are larger this year, making it difficult for teachers to provide extra support and individual attention to their students. You can make a real difference in the life and school success of a child!

Please call or email Sharon Tomalin ( for details.

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