Encouraging seniors to volunteer in BCPS classrooms

Baltimore County Public Schools in partnership with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking volunteers over the age of 55 to assist in classrooms throughout the county. Volunteers support teachers with day-to-day tasks and encourage students to achieve.

Linda Blake, a registered RSVP volunteer who helps out at Edmondson Heights Elementary School, describes the experience as both rewarding and fulfilling. Last school year, she shared more than 100 hours of her time in the classroom and plans to continue volunteering for as long as she can. She first got involved after retiring from a 40-year career with the government. Her goal at the time was to open a daycare facility, and she felt that volunteering would provide her with the necessary experience. She started to volunteer in a Kindergarten classroom assisting with children with special needs and found this to be her calling. Her time in the classroom revealed that there is no greater joy than working with children.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Mrs. Blake volunteers five hours a day in the classroom. Her job can entail focusing on the smallest of tasks such as tying a shoe, to working with a child on his/her developmental skills. Each day is filled with a new adventure, and she is always excited to join the teacher in her daily activities.

Mrs. Blake encourages other seniors to get involved in shaping the educational experiences of the youth. Based on her observations, establishing a strong foundation with the children encourages them to believe that they can overcome the impossible.  Her motto is, “There is no limit on what you can teach a child. The sky is the limit.”

If you are a caring and patient individual who is willing to give a few hours per week, consider joining a vibrant group of volunteers who mentor Baltimore County youth. All volunteers must pass a background screening and complete an online orientation. Informational sessions will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017                                                      

White Oak School, Training Lab

8401 Leefield Rd, Baltimore 21234

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

Essex Senior Center

600 Dorsey Ave., Essex 21221

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Liberty Senior Center

3525 Resource Dr., Randallstown 21133

2:30 -3:30 p.m.

To register for this special opportunity to serve, call the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 410-887-3101 or email the office.

RSVP is a federal grant program that is sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging. RSVP engages volunteers over the age of 55 with volunteer opportunities that allow them to share a lifetime of skills and experiences. Currently, more than 50 registered volunteers serve in schools across the county.  

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