November 27, 2013 -- Students at Glens Falls City Schools benefit from the volunteer efforts of many community organizations—such as First Presbyterian Church, whose partnership with GFSD dates back several years. “They donate snacks and school supplies, and Reading Buddies come every Tuesday,” says Big Cross principal Debbie Hall. “They do an awful lot for us.”
In the photo above-right, students James Young and Ella Tyree play word bingo with volunteer Reading Buddies Mr. Parsons and Mrs. Quinn.
Every Tuesday, October through May, a dozen volunteers come to the Big Cross cafeteria and spend time reading or playing word games with elementary students. Reading specialist April McClements creates weekly, level-appropriate book baskets for each participating child to read with their volunteer “Buddy.”
“I think reading is critical,” says volunteer organizer Kathryn Hoffman, who says the students also take home book backpacks to continue their reading after school hours. Mrs. Hoffman counts retired college professors among her volunteers, but says, “You just have to be able to read at the 3rd grade level, have a smile on your face, and show up most every Tuesday!”
The First Presbyterian Mission Committee also supports Jackson Heights with monthly snacks, cupcakes for students celebrating birthdays, a fund to buy students new sneakers to participate in the Kids on The Run program, and funding for the nurse to purchase supplies and necessity clothing items.
Harrisena Community Church, CWI and the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund work together to facilitate a backpack program for students. “We are so appreciative to these organizations for their support and funding to help our Jackson families,” says principal Carrie Mauro.
“A Middle School student was sponsored by the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund to be the recipient of a brand new cello which was purchased for her use through a modest monthly rental,” says principal Chris Reed. “The generous gift will enable this student to continue her instrumental studies for the next eight years.”
Our schools are very grateful to organizations such as: