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Reading and math mentors wanted for Emerson Elementary

08/02/2018 03:59:21 PM


Social Action Committee

The TBE Social Action Committee works with the social action committees of Beth Israel Center and Shaarei Shamayim to support Emerson Elementary School in east Madison. Each school year, we look for volunteers who can help during the school day or in the early evening.

Our reading and math mentors work with children in grades 2 to 5 to develop confidence in basic academic skills. Reading mentors help children discover the joy of reading; math mentors offer practice and encouragement in basic math concepts. You don’t need special skills for either spot—many kids need support with very basic facts and strategies. The teachers will provide instructions and materials each day, and the school will provide training in the fall and spring.

You need to be able to commit 30 minutes per week for one child or one hour for two children, at the same day and time each week, at a time that works with your schedule. Pairing will begin in October.

We also help with special events at the school on a few Tuesday evenings during the year, such as harvest night (carving 100 pumpkins), science night (launching rockets), and international dinner (helping with a fantastic potluck). These events are a great opportunity for teenagers looking for volunteer hours. To learn more, please contact Marcia Vandercook at

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