Future Teachers Volunteer with Outreach to Teach

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

An elementary school in Grand Island is getting a face lift, and school administrators say it couldn't come at a better time.

They aren't teachers yet, but these college students are getting a glimpse of what it's like.

"They're doing lots of things like getting bulletin boards put together, just assisting teachers," Howard Elementary School Principal Julie Schnitzler says.

The future teachers are volunteering at Howard as part of the Nebraska Student Education Association's Outreach to Teach event. They're helping with things Howard staff members can't get done during the school week.

"Our focus is on kids and teaching kids how to read and write and do math and so these are things that would be nice to get done, but they're way down on the priority list," Schnitzler says.

And it couldn't come at a better time as the school is getting ready to expand into a new annex.

Schnitzler says assembling furniture and getting that building addition ready for students would require a lot of hours of work for district employees.

"They really are saving the district and taxpayers lots of money," Schnitzler says.

And National Student Education Program Chair Tommie Leaders says the college students' efforts are inspiring.

"Being able to see this many people coming out and trying to make a difference in the community is a great thing to see," Leaders says.

This year, 120 students volunteered. Outreach to Teach chooses a different Nebraska school to help each year. Organizers say the number of participants has grown with each year of the event.

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