Citizens for Quality Education and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators are working together to increase volunteerism in the schools.

Let me get right to the point. The are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the Franklin County School District. What's great about the program is that you, the volunteer, decide what you want to do, at what grade level, when you are available and how often you want to participate.

Let me list a few volunteer opportunities:

Reading to a class- any grade level
Working with a student on a particular subject, any grade level
Talk as a motivational speaker about your work, expertise, talent etc. to a class; Why you went into your field; what education, training, or preparation was needed; what rewards you derived from your work.
Offer assistance in the following, but not limited to, technical, science, business, art, music, dance, drama.
Be an extra set of hands to the classroom teacher. Help with clerical, copying or any other assistance the teacher may need.
Collect materials for the art room
Participate in Project Impact’s Holiday Camps or Spring Break programs, using your specific talents
Financial assistance for AVID field trips. Make check to Franklin County Schools with AVID field trips on memo line
Nest opportunities - in addition to those above - Physical education/playground time, gardening, homework, organizing and maintaining storage of supplies.
Monitoring lunchroom, breakfast or playground activity.
A group may choose to "adopt" a class or a grade level to offer any assistance the teacher/s might need.
Other – You fill in the activity you would like to do!

Here's where and when you can volunteer:

Franklin County School, Eastpoint any time from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
ABC School, Apalachicola any time from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Nest in Eastpoint or Carrabelle 3 until 6 p.m.
Project Impact at the ABC School and the city municipal site 3 until 6:30 p.m.

 A list of all the rewards that volunteers reap could now be made, but I would rather that you the reader and potential volunteer discover them on your own! I find my reward in the sea of smiling faces before me when I ask a pre K class to "show me your smiles.”

Now that you have decided to step up to the plate and volunteer in some capacity you may obtain a user friendly non- complicated application form at the administration offices, 85 School House Rd, Eastpoint. Or you may print your own volunteer application by going to the site - click on "our district" and then "volunteer". The volunteer procedure is also available on the site.

If you wish to enumerate your talents and interest include them on a separate sheet with your application. Allison Chipman, human resource specialist, will process your application and get in touch with you. If you wish to volunteer at the ABC School you may obtain an application at the school in Apalachicola.

Please feel free to contact any of the following with questions or concerns you may have: Chipman at 670-2810, ext. 4128; Lydia Countryman of DKG at the Franklin County School 670-2800 ext. 1626,cell 370-0222,email; Dottye Thornburg 927-3349,; or myself, Liz Sisung 670-8261, of CQED.

Look to this column in the future to highlight particular volunteers and programs in the Franklin County School district. You, dear reader, may be in one of them!

Liz Sisung, a retired math teacher, is treasurer of Citizens for Quality Education (CQED), a political action committee working to ensure the best quality education for the students of Franklin County.