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Release Date: 06/19/2013

The Seattle Public Library seeks volunteers to assist students with homework for upcoming school year

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library is seeking Homework Help volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments at 11 branch locations.

 

Volunteers will also encourage additional math and reading development through a variety of fun learning activities.

 

"It's not uncommon for students to stay at the library after they complete their homework," said Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator for The Seattle Public Library. "That is when our volunteers can assist students with other learning activities, including math games, building vocabulary and reading together."

 

Vedella said successful Homework Help volunteers are comfortable interacting with  students of all ages individually and in small groups.

She emphasized that Homework Help is a drop-in program for students and not "tutoring" in the traditional sense. "A volunteer does not, for example, work with one student throughout the school year," she said. "Each week, the students and their requests for help may be different."

 

She noted that English is a second language for many of the students who use the Homework Help program.

 

"We always need a variety of volunteers for our Homework Help program," Vedella said. "You don't need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, particularly in the areas of math and science."

 

Homework Help will be offered at the following locations from Sept. 9, 2013, through June 17, 2014:

 

  • Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.
  • Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S.
  • Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W.
  • Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way
  • High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St.
  • Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.
  • NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S.
  • Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S.
  • South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S.

 

Volunteers will be scheduled for weekly two-hour shifts. Those who cannot make weekly commitments can be scheduled as substitutes at least twice a month for a minimum of four months.

 

A volunteer application can be downloaded from www.spl.org/volunteers. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college or vocational school and have strong English literacy and/or mathematics skills. Retired teachers are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

Individuals who submit their application by Monday, July 15 will receive priority consideration for volunteer openings. For more information, contact Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at anne.vedella@spl.org or 206-386-4664.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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