“Not a single day has gone by without the efforts of our volunteers making an impact in the classroom - - helping our students with concepts taught in the class or assisting teachers with project readiness,” states Dickemann.

With approximately 300 new and returning volunteers already working in our school this year, Joi Dickemann, director of volunteer services, is excited about the community’s commitment to the students of the Camdenton R-III School District.

“Not a single day has gone by without the efforts of our volunteers making an impact in the classroom - - helping our students with concepts taught in the class or assisting teachers with project readiness,” states Dickemann. “Pencils, scissors, and glue are being put to use, and our ‘to do’ list grows each day.”

Fall is the perfect time to get back to school with the Volunteers in Public Schools program, and teachers and students are anxiously awaiting volunteer assistance. The VIPS Program has veteran and new volunteers who give according to their availability, from several days a week to half-hour increments quarterly.

“Every minute in our school benefits our students, whether you are here daily or monthly. Our Outstanding Adults Reading with Students (OARS) Program begins in October at Oak Ridge Intermediate and occurs four times a year involving half-hour sessions. Volunteers make lasting relationships with their OARS Partner by reading together and sharing time,” Dickemann says. “Call now for that opportunity. You will leave with a smile!”

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit camdentonschools.org. Click on the School Volunteer Program heading located under the Programs tab. New positions are updated often. Call the VIPS office at 573-346-9243 for more information or to volunteer.