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Chapel Hill Carrboro Public School Foundation Charity Profile
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation (PSF) was established in 1984 with the goal of providing a margin of excellence for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools beyond what was possible through local, state, and federal appropriations or PTA activities. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $2,000,000 for innovative programs and projects that otherwise would not have existed in the schools.
As a champion for local public education, the Foundation acts as an advocate for positive change to make our schools the best that they can be. Our ultimate goal is to prepare all of the district's students for lives as successful adults in the twenty-first century, benefiting not only our children, but also our entire community.
Chapel Hill Carrboro Public School Foundation Volunteer Information
Teachers request volunteers for a wide variety of roles, from one-time enrichment activities to ongoing tasks unique to each classroom. Teachers provide on-the-job training for the roles they have described.
The Speakers' Bureau is a list of local business and community leaders who have pledged their time to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. These Volunteers have expertise in diverse areas, ranging from sports writing and culinary arts to financial literacy and interviewing skills.
School Reading Partners
Volunteers who are part of School Reading Partners program support reading instruction in our early elementary and pre-kindergarten classrooms by giving children more opportunities to explore books and language. Volunteers read selected books with children and then use them to guide the child in discovery-based activities that reinforce early literacy skills. Volunteers tutor students at least once a week for one-hour sessions, during school hours (8:00 AM to 2:30 PM), though twice a week is preferred. Tutors are expected to attend a 4-hour training session prior to placement. Click here to fill out the online volunteer training registration form.
English as a Second Language
ESL volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with students who are beginning to learn English. At the elementary level, volunteers engage students in simple interactions in English by looking at books, reading with students, or by assisting teachers with classroom activities and assignments. At the middle school and high school level, volunteers help with reading, writing, and vocabulary in core subjects, and with developing academic skills in English. Volunteers are not required to speak a second language and must attend a 4-hour training session.
Coach Write! Volunteers in support of classroom writing instruction.
Volunteer writing coaches conference one-on-one with students to improve their writing skills. Each volunteer is assigned to a classroom, working under the teacher's guidance to support ongoing instruction. Students generally bring a piece of writing to the session, and the volunteer provides feedback and encouragement. One three-hour training session is required. Volunteers must be available for one hour of coaching at least one day per week.
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate
This program matches adults who act as one-on-one mentors with children from our school district. Mentor-advocates partner with their mentee's family and school staff members in a combined effort to unlock a child's potential. Volunteers make a two-year, two-hour per week commitment to a child. In addition, mentors receive 15 hours of pre-service training and additional support resources throughout the duration of their commitment. Click here to visit our website.
First Day Friends
Volunteers who are fluent in a second language can be First Day Friends. In this role, a volunteer will be a friendly guide to a student that does not speak English on their first day entering school. Volunteers are called by school staff for 1-2 hours to help ease the student into the school routine while they make the adjustment to American schools. Complete the registration form and indicate your interest in becoming a "First Day Friend."