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Cedar Rapids schools looking for volunteers

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    CEDAR RAPIDS — Students in the Cedar Rapids School District are back in the classroom Tuesday. This year, all K-5 schools in Cedar Rapids will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.

    Schools are looking for some helping hands to help start the school year off right. They are accepting applications for volunteers at all the schools. Volunteers do everything from helping a kindergartner learn to tie their shoes to assisting 5th graders with math and reading. They may also chaperone field trips, talk at career day, or just be a buddy that a kid can talk to. Last year volunteers outnumbered district staff 2 to 1. District officials say they couldn’t do everything they need to, without the extra help.

    ”Children get that one-on-one opportunity or small group opportunity to work with someone,” said Marcia Hughes of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. “The opportunity to have a role model, in addition to teachers in the building, that’s invaluable to young people. We all know when they see people who care about them they tend to do better in school.”

    District officials say now is the best time to sign up to be a volunteer so that you can start building relationships with students right from the start of the year.

    To become a volunteer contact your neighborhood school. There is an application process that all volunteers must go through before they can get in the classroom.