The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 31
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 31

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4 MONDAY. APRIL 23. 2000 THE SALINA JOURNAL Salina Public Schools Volunteers & Partners Share Time & Talent Salina Public Schools promote and welcome, community, parent and business involvement in schools. These volunteer relationships help students to gain confidence, build new relationships within the community and enhance the learning experience. Collectively, school volunteers and business partners contribute over 25,000 hours of volunteer time each year to our schools and our students. If we placed an hourly value on those hours of $8.00 an hour, the time and talent of our volunteers would be equal to $200,000 worth of services. Of course, the value in non-monetary terms is much greater than the learning outcomes of our students. This does not begin to calculate the added value given each year through the resources and generosity of our local businesses. Many of our local businesses offer coupons and items for student awards and incentives throughout the year as well as sharing items like paper goods, food, office equipment and much more. Our valuable school volunteers have seen first hand how tutoring programs have increased reading skills. Many children in the mentor/tutor reading programs are able to leave the programs after a few months of tutoring. These students are able to reach their grade level in reading through the help of a caring tutor. Many volunteers are amazed at how much a student can improve in a relatively short period of time with their help. High school students are now getting an opportunity earlier in life to explore their career interests and options. Our businesses are showing their interest in our youth by opening their businesses and allowing students to experience the workplace. Students are finding out early in their education the skUls needed to be successful in the career of their choice. Adults' educational needs are being met at Little House through the GED, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language Programs. With the help of volunteers, students are not only able to complete a degree program, but to obtain gainful employment as well. Without the efforts of volunteers, such an impact would not be realized. Volunteers come from all occupations and educational backgrounds. School volunteers help students achieve their fullest potential and te make school a positive and rewarding experience. They help create students that will grow up to be better citizens and greater contributors to our community. Volunteers and businesses are investing their time and talents in our students and they are creating assets for our community that will produce a better and stronger conununity. To all of Salina Public Schools' volunteers and business partners, we say, "Thank you for reinforcing how important education is and for letting students know that they are a part of a community that cares about their future." Ten Reasons To Volunteer! 10. Someone has a need and is seeking help. 9. Takmg a little time to do a small good deed lifts a heavy burden for someone else. 8. Relating to the needs of others gives your life new perspective. 7. Helping gives you a good feeling because you are making someone else happy. 6. Volunteering makes all the difference to the person in need. 5. Committing to help gives relatives far away peace of mind. 4. Volunteering could open the eyes of a child to an optimistic future they may have never known. 3. Setting an example for others to do the same- you may never know the impact you've made. 2. Making new Mendships. 1. It's fun, you make a difference and feel great! Gall RSVP today at 823-3128 to be matched to a volimteer opportunity that suits yon! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina "Melissa is a good role mod- During 2000 Big Brothers Big as ihe volunteer's schedule: el for me because she gets good Sisters of Salina served 203 three -four hours a week in the grades. When I am old enough youth with a caring mentor in traditional, community-based to be a Big Sister I want to be match relationships. There are program as a Married couple, Little Sister's 15 girls and 30 boys waiting as a Big Brother or a Big Sister, for their own special friend who as Two Bigs and a Little, or for will help them develop skills one hour per week as a School- Amber told her mother that and create memories, [programs Based Mentor. Consistency is just like filer." school paper. her match was wonderful, available at Big Brothers Big the key, regular time spent with "...she really is my Big Sister". Sisters of Salina are as varied a child makes the difference. Upon closure of his three year match a Big Brother stated, "Be ready to experience one of the most rewarding adventures of your entire life." From a parent whose son was graduating from high school and his eight year match was closing, "Ben has come to a time he will no longer be a Little Brother, but he will never outgrow the life skills he's been taught." SALINE CO. FIRE DIST. #5 Board of Trustee's would like to recognize the following member's for their continued dedication and the many hours volunteered to the department. CHIEF - David Turner DEPUTY CHIEF - Tim LePage DIVISION CAPTAIN - Mark "nmier LIEUTENANTS - Bill Sma & Scott Cook SAFETY OFFICER - Kevin Miller FIREFIGHTERS - Cindy Turner, Eric Clayton, Jerry Molstad, Mark Splitter, Jeff THimer, Matt Achatz, Jim Griffith, Nancy Cook, Ray Smith and Ron Nelson Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. ^ The staff at HoLiDAy RESORT OF SALINA would like to express their gratitude to the individuals and groups who volunteer to bring me community of Salina to our residents. 1 IRESORTI Call 825-2201 to find out howyou can volunteer! 2525 Resort Drive, Salina . 785-825-2201,,.. a J I. ou Thanks to our volunteers for giving of yourself and your time to help stop the violence. You, too, can make a difference. Volunteer today! Call 785-827-5862

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