Happy New Year!!! 2010 Hands-on-Atlanta Discovery Program and AINSA

From: Josh G.
Sent on: Saturday, December 26, 2009 7:38 PM
Hello everyone,

I hope you're having an enjoyable holiday season, and I wish you a happy new year!

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to really get this group moving this year. Thank you for your interest in this group and topic thus far! My goal for 2010 is to have a minimum of 1 event on the calendar for each month. That will be a good start to get a rhythm going.

As for an idea for something we can participate in as a team, I just found out about the Discovery Program through Hands-on-Atlanta and think it would be a great way for us to participate in the community. Here is more info about the Discovery Program:

http://handsondiscovery.handsonatlanta.org/Home

"The Hands on Atlanta Discovery Program is a volunteer-led Saturday tutoring and enrichment initiative that supports Monday ? Friday instruction through homework assistance, tutoring, educational games, mentoring, and enrichment through field trips and service-learning projects. Sessions occur two or three Saturdays per month for two hours (10am - noon). Our goal is to get as close to one-on-one volunteer to student ratio as possible to allow for more individualized attention and to develop mentoring relationships between students and adult volunteers. Students are divided up by grade level and the activities for each grade are planned by grade captains who manage the classroom activities. During the months of March and April, the Discovery Program supports the schools? needs by providing students with CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests from the Georgia Performance Standards) practice. Students are engaged in math, language arts, social studies and science. "

There are several schools participating in this and they range in need from 25 volunteers to 85 on any given Saturday from 10 am to noon. This sounds perfect for our group.

Before I attempt to schedule this, please let me know if this would be of interest to you.

If there is enough interest, we can commit to doing this a couple times a month for a while and have lunch afterward to fellowship and share our thoughts and ideas. We all come from different faith or nonfaith backgrounds, and participating in a common, shared experience of contributing to our communities will create a camaraderie amongst us. It will be a great opportunity to discuss our individual and shared motivations about why we volunteer.

Here is where you can find specific schools and dates for the Discovery program:

http://www.handsonatlanta.org/projects/viewProject.php?_mode=search&_submode=complex&_action=complexSearch&_state_searchfields=fafdeb994c05d9673f3f1984df52671d&type=all&keyword=Discovery&zipcode=&Submit=Search

Thank you, and take care!
Josh Gough
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