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Columbus Christian School seeks volunteers

November 2, 2018

The Columbus Christian School is looking for some extra helping hands.

Administrators are seeking individuals to fill positions like lunchroom and recess monitors, as well as hot lunch and classroom volunteers.

“We’ve always had volunteers come in to help us with different things in the school,” said Angie Paul, office manager at Columbus Christian School, 3418 15th St.

Since its establishment in 1994, this non-denominational – but Bible-oriented and Christ-centered – private school currently serves 58 students from preschool through eighth grade. There are six teachers – five full-time and one part-time – on staff working alongside students.

School administrator Earl Kirkpatrick said having volunteers will free up teachers to accomplish more. Kirkpatrick said volunteers will mainly aid in monitoring students during their lunch and recess periods, as well as lead one-on-one sessions with certain students and help organize classrooms. He said this will give teachers more time to grade papers and prepare for their next class.

“It’s just a nice way to help teachers,” he said.

Paul said there are numerous students who can benefit from one-on-one sessions to improve their reading and academic skills.

Classroom volunteers, she said, can have a huge impact on students who are struggling academically by simply donating 30 minutes to one hour of their day. They can also work alongside teachers to lead classes.

Hot lunch volunteers are expected to help from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Individuals who sign up as lunch room and recess monitors will work from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. However, applicants can select a day that best fits them.

Kirkpatrick encourages parents to volunteer because it’s a way to be involved in their children’s education. He said they can witness firsthand how classes are conducted, noting younger students have always enjoyed having parents read to them during class.

In the past, Paul said there were many retired school staff and former employees who returned to the school as volunteers.

To ensure the safety of the students, each applicant will have to go through an interview process, complete child protection forms and pass background checks.

Those wishing to learn more are encouraged to call 402-562-6470 or email Kirkpatrick at ekirkpatrick@columbuschristian.esu7.org or Paul at apaul@columbuschristian@esu7.org.

Kirkpatrick said the need for volunteers is common among public and private schools. Even when volunteer positions are filled up, he said it’s good to have a list of interested individuals ready to step up when needed.

“I think anytime a community back give back, it just makes the community better,” Kirkpatrick said.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.