A federal program that helps people find services opportunities in their community has partnered with local schools to ensure no student is left behind in the classroom. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Etowah County was created for residents ages 55 and up use their services to help respond to the community's most pressing challenges.
With the new school year beginning this week, volunteers are preparing to visit elementary schools in the area to help students from kindergarten to the third grade, improve their reading and comprehension skills. RSVP Director, Traci Pondick says that spending one-on-one time with children to help them improve in areas they’re struggling in determines their future more than people realize.
With grants through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Etowah County Commission, Pondick says parents or schools do not have to worry about providing funds for this service that has proven to be successful. Volunteers describe this program as a “treasure to their health.” For more information on this program, visit www.etowahcounty.org and look for the RSVP tab.