What’s Right With Our Schools: Bibb County volunteers
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County School District saved more than 3 million dollars thanks to volunteers in the public school system.
Several volunteers and schools were awarded at the 2014-2015 Annual Recognition and Awards program for public school volunteers.
There are more than 14,000 volunteers total. Nearly 200 turned out for the program.
Volunteers coordinators provide guidance for the school system and the parents, grandparents and community members who donate their time to help with in-school and out-of-school activities.
“They’re passionate and they really want to see the children succeed,” Volunteer Coordinator Sherida Hicks says, “They’re volunteering, which means they’re not getting paid, so it’s strictly because they want to get involved.”
In total, volunteers donated more than 30,000 hours at Bibb County Schools.
Springdale Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Cami Hamlins says her school saw an major rise in this school year’s volunteer hours.
“We increased our hours about 29,000 hours for a total of 39,000.”
She attributes the incline to having a consistent system which documents the number of hours volunteers serve, and having a community dedicated to assisting teachers and students on a weekly or daily basis.
Top Volunteer award recipient, Jessica Rivers, donates her time to L.H. Williams Elementary School because she loves the kids.
“It helps me be a better person,” says Rivers.
What’s right with our schools? Academic success rates improve, because students are able to receive extra help on assignments. The community gets directly involved with child development, and overall, the school system is supported by active volunteers who are dedicated to reinforcing the mission of the schools.
Hicks believes with the help of volunteers, teachers, students and staff at public schools are able to complete their daily tasks more efficiently.
“I just want to thank all the parents and the volunteers for…taking time out of their busy schedules…to you know, get in the trenches with our students.”
If you’d like to volunteer, visit the school of your interest and fill out a volunteer application.