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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
Fall Festival Wednesday, October 31, 9:15 am – 12:00 noon.
Two or three narrators are needed to read “play scripts” – simplified, with color blocking to denote the different parts.