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Buddies for Kids at Parker Elementary

2013-09-16T16:09:48+00:00September 16th, 2013|Articles, Community News|

As a child’s buddy, you will be called to provide consistent support, guidance, and concrete help to a child who is in need of a positive role model. Children involved in the Buddies for Kids program may be going through a difficult and/or challenging situation, a period of life in which they need extra support, or they may simply need to have another significant adult present in their life. So if you are interested in investing in kids, there are opportunities to be a buddy at Parker Elementary School.

Each child is a little different and there is a required orientation/ training session in order to serve as a buddy. However, we ask that you dedicate 30 minutes per week for at least one year to be a buddy to a child. It may be during their lunch break or recess as long as it is a consistent time that has been arranged with your child’s teacher.

You can begin the process for volunteering at Parker by going to www.houstonisd.org to fill out the background check information. Once at the website, the “Community” tab will take you to the “Volunteer” information which will lead you to the registration process. This takes about 2 minutes to fill out. Once you have filled out the on-line form, simply take your driver’s license to the receptionist at Parker Elementary and she will scan it for approval.

Parker Elementary is located at 10626 Atwell (near Chimney Rock and Willowbend intersection). Start by contacting Michelle Vanderwater at mvanderwater@att.net and completing the HISD background check mentioned above. The training/orientation-date will be in early October and the pizza kick-off party will follow soon thereafter.