"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Online mentoring

While we hopped into town for an appointment, I did some online research for local volunteer opportunities. As with all good web-surfing sessions, I stumbled upon something interesting but for which I hadn't been searching.

I fired off an e-mail to see if we might fit their volunteer requirements. Sure, I could volunteer on my own, but this looks like a great project for our girls, too, since it involves age-appropriate reading, letter writing and socialization of sorts.

The project:
Academic mentoring by way of the pen. Kids and e-penpal mentors read several books on their own, then discuss them electronically.

A person could commit minutes or hours to this program. Today I merely wrote a quick note seeking their approval of my children's participation as pen pals, too.

Why bother?
There's no better way to learn reading and writing skills than by, you guessed it, reading and writing! Unfortunately, not all students have someone in their lives who is interested in discussing books.

Worth it?
We'll see if it pans out.

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