Hot line gives information about schools

October 02, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore County school system's Parent/Student Connection will open for its second year tomorrow.

The connection is a volunteer-staffed service that provides information about the county schools and community services. It opened last fall as a joint venture of the school system and the PTA Council of Baltimore County and operated throughout the school year, helping about 500 callers, said Barbara Dezmon, the project's coordinator.

vTC The connection number is 887-5400. It will operate from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Connection volunteers will be able to provide lunch menus, school bus schedules, report card dates and calendars of systemwide and individual school events, as well as information on governmental, community and social services, Ms. Dezmon said.

The volunteers do not provide homework help, but they can refer callers to the homework hot line. They are not crisis counselors, but they do have the numbers of crisis intervention services.

Ms. Dezmon said the service will strengthen the parent-student connection this year by accepting high school students as volunteers if they are accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent. Students must be in at least 10th grade to volunteer. Plans are under way to help students earn credit toward their community service requirement, she said.

Volunteers will work at Catonsville and Parkville high schools. Last year, there were about 30 regular volunteers, including PTA members, teachers and school administrators, she said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Ms. Dezmon at

887-4253 or Larry Griffin of the PTA Council at 329-2182.

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