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We are looking for volunteers!
The Smith College Glee Club will be visiting the DC area for a concert on March 30 at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005). They are requesting volunteers to host two or more members of the Glee Club from the evening of Friday, March 29 to the morning of Sunday, March 31. As a host, you will received two complimentary tickets to the concert. Please take a look at the linked Google form for further information and to volunteer: https://goo.gl/forms/iBkwecD0LLyHLI4A3
You may also contact the homestay coordinator, Hannah Grasso ’19 at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and concerns.
Garrison Elementary School Volunteer Opportunities
SCCW is beginning its second year of reading and tutoring at the Garrison School, a Title I school with a diverse student body. Located at 12th and S Streets, NW, the school serves grades K – 5. Currently, Vice-Principal Morant is consulting with teachers about monthly reading schedules, which will then be matched with the preferences of the Smith readers.
In email chats last summer, past SCCW readers shared ideas about favorite books with each other. One reader has found that her first-graders particularly enjoy rhyming books like Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess. Another says that her third-graders respond well to short biographies. Several readers make an effort to chose books that include strong female protagonists as well as characters of different ethnicities.
My own tastes run to folk and fairy tales with strong plots and quirky characters. It is hugely rewarding to have the rapt attention of a group of children who are totally focused on what’s going to happen next, and who, this Smith English major fervently hopes, are beginning to understand that reading can be great fun. I treasure the thank you notes from my little listeners, a couple of which I have included.
Many thanks to the readers who have signed up for this coming year. If any other SCCW volunteers wish to make the monthly commitment, it is not too late. Please contact Mary Douglas at 202-491-4648, or email@example.com.
Creating a Library at Garrison. For those of you who cannot make a monthly commitment, but would like to volunteer at Garrison at your convenience, we also need serious help organizing the library. It now has books that are not arranged in any order or coded according to the Dewey Decimal System. Please contact Mary about this opportunity.
“Family Nights.” Readers are needed at certain special family nights throughout the school year. Two or three volunteers are needed to read at different “stations.” Please contact Mary if you can help on these dates:
January 9 — Literacy Night
February 27 (tentative) — Black History Night
March 27 — International Night
May 8 — STEM Night