Friday, April 13, 2012

School related volunteer opportunities

By DIANE HENTGES, United Way of Wyandotte County

The school year may be coming to end but there still is a need for volunteers in certain schools and school programs. A couple of these are very time limited, a couple hours for just one day. That is not a lot of time. Check your calendars. Can you spare the time and make difference in the life of a child?

Banneker Elementary School will hold a school carnival on May 11, 2012. They are currently recruiting volunteers to help with this school day event. 

The festivities will happen after lunch. Volunteers will need to on site by 1pm for a brief orientation to the specific job. The event will be over by 3:30 so volunteers should be ready to leave by 3:45 p.m. 

Volunteers will help with last minute set-up, help with various carnival booths, mange foot traffic and help with clean-up. This will be a fun activity for the volunteer and the student. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Grant at 913-627-4724 or at

Communities in Schools will host Reality U, a financial literacy event, at two high schools in District 500 before school is out. They need interested volunteers to help make each of these events a truly meaningful experience for students. Training will be provided. 

They will have the program on April 26th   in the morning at Schlagle High School and mornings, May 3 and May 4 at J.C. Harmon High School.  If you want more information on how you or maybe your work group can help with one or all of these projects, please contact Ashley at 1-785-856-5190 or at

PACES, a program of Wyandotte Center wants to recruit volunteer tutors for students, K-12. Sessions are Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7:30pm during the school year. 

Tutors are needed to finish out this academic year. If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, please contact Joyce at 913-956-3417 or at

For information on how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER please contact me at 913-371-3674 or at check out our web site at