The Decorah Head Start Center needs people age 55 and older to spend an hour a week in the classroom assisting one-on-one with students or in a small group setting with reading, art projects or other pre-kindergarten skills.
Volunteers do not need have experience in the classroom - just a desire to help the next generation to prepare for their future.
Engaging people age 55 and older in the classroom provides young people with role models who can motivate and encourage the young people to fulfill their potential. Research on the value for seniors has also shown that engaging with young people can help them to remain active as they age while learning new skills and continuing to be valued by society.
The staff will work with volunteers to find an activity and time that will fit into the volunteer's interest and schedule during the school day.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer at the Decorah Head Start Center, call Kathy Barloon or Lyle Otte at Northeast Iowa RSVP toll free 1-877-806-0623. Northeast Iowa RSVP engages persons age 55 and older in service to their community and serves Winneshiek, Allamakee and Howard counties. The program also offers other volunteer opportunities in the Decorah area and encourages people who are age 55 and older to call to find out what other volunteer opportunities are available in the area.