Help a kid, help your school, help yourself: volunteer

Neighbors/ Glen Burnie

September 16, 1992|By Bonita Formwalt

Volunteer. Either as a verb or a noun, the word is important within our community. Volunteers coach our kids in Little League, deliver hot meals to the elderly and pick up trash along the roadside.

But let's not forget the school volunteer. A combination teacher-health care worker-librarian-tour guide and office worker, our schools would be hard pressed to function without the aid of volunteers.

So what are the benefits of volunteering? Sometimes the most important things are intangible. For example:

* By volunteering in the school library you will acquaint yourself with a variety of interestings books. Soon you may find yourself deep in conversation with a fourth-grader over the hidden political agenda behind "James & The Giant Peach."

* Your popularity will increase. All right, maybe your new friends are a little too preoccupied by the exploits of Darkwing Duck, but isn't that more interesting to discuss than the economy?

* You will be up to date on all the new mega-trends for children and can plan your life accordingly. For example, volunteer moms, recognizing the potential impact of "Eye Popper" candies on young teeth, made dental appointments at three-week intervals for the next six months.

* Chaperoning on trips allows you the opportunity to locate and commit to memory the location of every public restroom in the tri-state area.

Give a little bit of yourself, Glen Burnie. Volunteer.

* Area schools are once again turning to the community for assistance. Volunteers are needed to help in the classroom, the health suite, the library and the office. Several schools will conduct workshops that will prepare volunteers for their work.

For information concerning a particular school, call the office.

Freetown Elementary: 222-6900. Contacts: Maureen Kogut and Bonnie Dust.

Glen Burnie Park Elementary: 222-6400. Contact: Kathleen Hagel.

Glendale Elementary: 222-6404. Contact: Toni Sakalas.

Marley Elementary: 222-6415. Contact: Jean Curry. Orientation scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sept. 29 in the media center.

Oakwood Elementary: 222-6420. Contact: Debbie Wetzel.

Point Pleasant Elementary: 222-6425. Contact: Kathy Wick. Orientation planned for 8:30 a.m., tomorrow in room 102.

Richard Henry Lee: 222-6435. Contact: Marcia Hill. Workshop planned for 9:30 a.m., Oct. 2.

Rippling Woods Elementary: 222-6440. Contact: Carol Ridder. New volunteer orientation, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 29. Program information and sign-up at 10 a.m. for new and returning volunteers.

Southgate Elementary: 222-6445. Contacts: Phyllis Page, Bonnie Ewing and Janscy Awersan. Two workshops are scheduled for tomorrow. Volunteers may attend from 9 to 11:15 a.m. or from 12:45 to 2:50 p.m. A mandatory meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, where assignments will be selected followed by a tea to welcome new and returning volunteers.

Marley Glen Special School: 222-6940. Contact: Suzanne Young.

Corkran Middle: 222-6493. Contact: Val Emerick.

Marley Middle: 761-0934. Contact: Alan Christy.

Glen Burnie Senior: 761-8950, ext. 234. Contacts: Bernie Buczinski and Joan Valentine.

* An innovative family support program is being offered at Oakwood Elementary School starting Oct. 1 and continuing for seven weeks.

"Parenting for Success" offers a class for parents that will run concurrently -- from 6:30 to 8 p.m. -- with a session for children ages 6 to 11.

Parents will discuss and engage in activities involving children's issues. Group members will determine the topics for discussion, which may include developing a child's self-esteem and sense of responsibility.

While the parents are meeting, a children's program, "Raising Adolescent Pride," will address the same topics, with discussions and activities appropriate for their age group.

Two guidance counselors and four teachers from four area schools are participating in the program. Dr. Brenda Hurbanis, counselor at Woodside and Glendale elementary schools, and Pat Barton, counselor at Oakwood and George Cromwell elementaries, are the program's coordinators, in cooperation with People Against Child Abuse.

Although affiliated with PACA, the program is aimed at all families, not just those with a history of abuse.

"The main point of the program is to develop a support system," Ms. Hurbanis said. "Those who will benefit are those looking for support and new ideas."

So far, the response has been positive. Last year, more than 70 parents and children participated in two sessions, one in the fall and another in the spring.

Hurbanis attributes the program's success to addressing the needs of both groups.

"We think it is so successful because the children's program is hooked into the parenting program and that makes it a family program," she said.

Registration will be accepted until Sept. 24.

For information, call Oakwood Elementary, 222-6420, or Woodside Elementary, 222-6910.

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