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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 8, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools seeks volunteers interested in helping shape and promote positive social and emotional learning and academic success for our third-grade and middle-school students for the summer and upcoming 2018-19 school year. The responsibilities of a volunteer may vary and can may range from one-on-one tutoring and interactions with students to assisting in classrooms at district schools.

There are currently two programs in which Sarasota County Schools can use volunteer assistance. The first program is the Third-Grade Summer Reading Camp. This camp is for third-graders who have not reached grade-level reading proficiency and is being held at Lamarque Elementary in North Port, Gocio Elementary in North Sarasota, and Gulf Gate Elementary in Central Sarasota. Tutors will work one-on-one with the same two students each week; a commitment of at least an hour a week is preferred. No experience is necessary, just a love of reading and children. Free training is provided. The second program is Summer Middle School at Heron Creek Middle in North Port and Brookside Middle in Sarasota. Summer Middle School is for middle-school students who failed a class or classes during the previous school year. Volunteers will work with multiple students to motivate and support them as they work to pass the class; a commitment of at least two hours per week is preferred. No experience or training is required. Both programs start in early June and end in mid-July. Volunteer programs for the 2018-19 school year begin in August and take place at all schools across the district.

“Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding and enriching experience,” noted Lyndsey Cantees, program coordinator for the district’s Volunteer and Partnership Office. “We have found that student lives are richer because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteers who work with our students to promote personal and academic achievement.”

Sarasota County Schools has a robust volunteer and community partnership program and just recognized its outstanding student, individual and corporate volunteers at an annual dinner and recognition program in April. For more information about the programs or to sign up to be a summer volunteer, please contact the Volunteer and Partnership Office at 941.927.9000 x31500 or online at the Sarasota County Schools website. All applicants will need to pass a background check before becoming a volunteer. In some cases, professional development and training may be needed.

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