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|SOUTHEASTERN JUMPSTART RECRUITING STUDENT CORPS MEMBERS, COMMUNITY
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Jumpstart program is recruiting 40 students to work with area three- to
five-year-old children on pre-school readiness.
Jumpstart Director Vaunne Blossman-Hand said
the national non-profit organization, which is now entering its fourth
year at Southeastern, is also enlisting area residents for a new “community
Funded through Louisiana Serve and AmeriCorps,
Southeastern Jumpstart works with Southeastern and Hammond Head Start and
Midway Elementary School in Natalbany to create an environment of life-long
learning for children. Working one-on-one with young children twice a week
from September to May, Jumpstart corps members can earn a $1,000 education
award after performing 300 service hours. Corps members who quality for
federal work study can also earn $6.50 an hour.
Blossman-Hand said since 2001, 85 Southeastern
Jumpstart corps members have performed more than 33,000 service hours.
Jumpstart also conducts a full-time summer program and a spring learning
fair, “Jumpstart for a Day.”
Mindi Batson, a senior psychology major from
Luling, is coordinating the community reader program. She hopes to recruit
40 volunteers from the community and campus for the October to May program.
“We’re looking for anyone interested in reading
at our three sites,” she said. “Schedules are flexible. Volunteers can
choose to read once a month or more often. They can also work with groups
of children or read to a child one-on-one.”
Students and community members can obtain
more information about participating in Jumpstart and about the community
reader program by calling 985-549-5273 or emailing Blossman-Hand at email@example.com.