The Association of Religious Communities (ARC) is pleased to collaborate with the Danbury Public School system by helping to meet the need for volunteer mentors through the KIDS (Kids In Danbury Schools) program. This program has been operating under the guidance of ARC for the past four years. During this time, the program has expanded from serving 80 students annually to last year serving 390 students.
ARC is currently recruiting new volunteers to work as mentors for this program. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is invited to an informational meeting on September 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the ARC office, 24 Delay Street.
KIDS is a mentoring program that matches volunteers with elementary school students and their teachers, usually in kindergarten classrooms. The KIDS schools are identified as Title 1 (low-income) schools. Volunteers help students build their reading and math skills through projects, educational games and small group activities as directed by the classroom teacher. Mentoring can take place one-on-one or in small groups. The overarching goal is to provide a solid educational foundation for the student’s future.
Volunteers will be asked to donate a two-hour block once a week from October thru the end of this academic year, June 2019.
“Many people ask how they can volunteer for ARC,” said Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold, ARC’s executive director. “Client confidentiality is critical for most of our programs, but being a volunteer for KIDS is a great way to help young students in our community and enhance their educational success.”
This program was founded by retired IBM executive and ARC volunteer Charlie Schott in 2011 and became an ARC program in 2014. Schott has moved away from the area and this year, Anne E. Mead, Suzanne Perry, Betty Thoensen and Rev. Leopold will be the coordinators for the program. Mead is the administrator of Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs in the Danbury Public Schools, Perry is the director of ARC’s Peace Camp and an interventionist teacher in math and reading at Morris Street School and Betty Thoensen is an ARC volunteer. Additionally, for the past two years, Cadette Girl Scout Troup 50340 has also helped with this program
If people are interested in volunteering for KIDS, they are invited to attend the information session on September 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the ARC Offices, 24 Delay Street, Danbury. RSVPs are required. You may RSVP by calling the ARC office at (203)792-9450 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.