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Give a man a fish…

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown

That is exactly what JABA is doing with the FISH (Friends In Schools Helping) Program.  JABA, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, began the FISH Program as a way for seniors to work with public school children.  Today, tutors of all ages help students in this school based tutoring program.  Helping students with foundational experiences crucial for the learning process (reading skills, an understanding of math, and comprehension of English when a second language), FISH tutors are teaching kids to FISH.

Today, FISH has approximately 60 volunteers working in our public school system. These volunteers help lessen the achievement gap by working with academically at-risk kids and English as a second language learners.  Most of our students in the 18 various schools (13 Albemarle County, 3 Charlottesville City, 1 Greene County, and 1 Fluvanna County) are elementary age school children.

We need more volunteers to sit with students and really teach them how to FISH.  If you are interested, please contact Jenny Fearnow, FISH Program Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 434.817.5286.

This blog is part of a Blog Marathon aimed to bring awareness to our community of the current needs for mentors and tutors.  Visit www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn about how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.  Stop by the Omni on March 30 between 3:00-6:00 to meet representatives from all of the programs who are looking for more like you to be a mentor or a tutor. Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. See you there!

 

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