WE'RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!
After a challenging year of predominantly virtual and hybrid learning, our volunteers were very busy in 2021-22. We expect an increased need for volunteers in 2022-23 for our ongoing programs and for new project based learning activities, such as "STEMM Idols" to share their job/life experience with students. All volunteers will receive training on the STEMM learning philosophy and methods of instruction. We'd love to talk to you about ways you can get involved at Hawkins! Please use the box below to contact us.
Currently, we need volunteers for:
Tutoring: Reading, especially grades K-3, and Math, all grades
Library assistants: assist students in locating books and read to younger students
Book Initiative: help distribute “reader bags” weekly (grades 1 and 2), lead book club discussions with small groups of 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students
Garden Club: meet weekly with students after school to discuss gardening and nutrition
Participating in one-time or ongoing projects such as Staff Recognition, Teacher Supply Pantry, 8th Grade Recognition
STEMM Idols: we are assisting the Hawkins staff in developing a database of knowledgeable adults willing to share their job/life experiences with students, be a sounding board for student projects, and provide feedback on completed projects. We call these people "STEMM Idols." (more information below)
If you are interested in participating in any of these opportunities or have ideas for new activities, please complete our volunteer application. You can also pick up a printed copy of this form from the Hawkins mailbox at Epworth. Return your completed application to the Hawkins mailbox or email it to [email protected]
Be a STEMM Idol!
The Epworth-Hawkins Partnership is assisting the Hawkins staff in developing a database of knowledgeable adults who are willing to share their experiences with students, be a sounding board for student projects, and provide feedback on completed projects. The time commitment for these "STEMM Idols" is flexible (typically 1-2 hours) Based on the interests, experience, and availability noted on your application, you will be contacted about volunteer opportunities by school staff (in response to teacher requests). . If you'd like to share your career experience with the workforce of the future and become a STEMM Idol for Hawkins students, please complete this special application. The completed forms can be scanned in and emailed back to [email protected], or left in the Hawkins mailbox at Epworth, located across the hallway from the office on the first floor.
What we do
The Epworth-Hawkins STEMM Academy Partnership has been active since 2015, with approximately 50 volunteers annually. Epworth is a partner in the Community STEMM Connection, a partnership of Metroparks Toledo, Hawkins STEMM Academy, Reynolds Corners Rotary Club, and TPS Aerospace and Natural Science Academy. Activities of the Epworth-Hawkins Partnership receive financial support from the Epworth Missions Action Team.
In the 2021-22 school year, students returned to in-person classes. The Epworth-Hawkins Partnership was able to resume our in-school programs, allowing our volunteers to support and assist Hawkins students, staff, and families in a number of ways. ·
- Tutoring –Epworth tutors worked with students in grades K-8 weekly, in response to teacher requests.
- Book Initiatives: These programs have the goal of putting books in the hands and homes of Hawkins students with a focus on grades K-5. Kindergarten Family Night, where all kindergarten families are invited to learn about the importance of reading with your child and receive an age-appropriate book, took place in September. 3rd and 4th grade Book Clubs were held for 6 weeks in the spring. Reader Bags, in which 1st and 2nd grade students can borrow a bag with 2 age-appropriate books every week, resumed in March. Kindergarten Book Day took place in May: Epworth gave each kindergarten student a new hardcover copy of Go Away Big Green Monster, and a story teller from the Reynolds Corners branch library read to each kindergarten class.. ·
- Library –Epworth volunteers assisted in staffing of the library two days a week, every other week, assisting the librarian who is at Hawkins one day every other week. ·
- Garden Club – The Garden Club is supported by a partnership among Toledo GROWs, OSU Lucas County Extension Office, the Toledo Public Schools Natural Science Technology Center, Metroparks Toledo and Epworth. Epworth volunteers met with students monthly throughout the school year, and helped maintain the garden during the summer.
- Staff Recognition - The goal of staff recognition is to make all the staff feel appreciated and loved and put a smile on their faces. Once a month, we deliver purchased, individually wrapped snacks and notes of appreciation to the Hawkins office.
- School Supply Pantry - Epworth contributes $1,200 annually to the school supply pantry located at Grace Church that serves teachers from Hawkins, four other elementary schools, and Rogers High School. Epworth volunteers helped staff the pantry one day a month from September through May.
- STEMM Collaboration – The Epworth-Hawkins Partnership is an active participant in the Community STEMM Connection, a collaboration among Metroparks Toledo, Hawkins STEMM Academy, Epworth, Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo, and Reynolds Corners Rotary Club to foster learning that will promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and inquiry-based learning for the students of Hawkins STEMM Academy.
- 8th Grade Recognition - Our volunteers assisted Hawkins STEMM Academy staff at the 8th Grade Recognition, by passing out programs and serving cake at a reception following the ceremony.
- Kindergarten Open House - Epworth volunteers assisted with Kindergarten Open House activities in late April.
More information about Epworth volunteers' involvement at Hawkins can be found in our 2021-22 Annual Report. Click here to view the report.
Epworth volunteers have been involved in many activities at Hawkins. As our programs grow, we are always looking for more volunteers.
- Tutoring – Our tutoring focuses are Kindergarten through 5th grade reading, and 6th-8th grade math. All tutoring is arranged in response to teacher requests.
- Library - For three years, volunteers assisted every week in the Hawkins library. After the library was converted to a Catalyst Lab, volunteers staff the library center that replaced the library.
- Book Initiatives: With the goal of putting books in the hands and homes of Hawkins students, three programs were started in 2018: 1) Kindergarten Book Day -- all kindergarteners receive a new hardcover book from the Epworth Partnership 2) in 2018, selected 3rd grade students participated in a book discussion group; in February 2019, 4th grade book discussion groups were added, and 5th grade book groups were added in 2020; 3) 1st and 2nd grade students can borrow "reader bags" with 2 books, every week.
- Garden Club – The Garden Club is supported by a partnership among Toledo GROWs, OSU Lucas County Extension Office, the Toledo Public Schools Natural Science Technology Center, and Epworth. Epworth volunteers assist at monthly meetings during the school year and meet weekly with students at the school garden during the summer months.
- Staff Recognition -- The goal of staff appreciation is to make all the staff feel appreciated and loved and put a smile on their face. On the first Wednesday of each month a treat and a sign telling of our appreciation is placed in the workroom at the school.
- Clothing closet - Epworth provides clothing to the school nurse at Hawkins to be loaned to students in emergency situations.
- School Supply Pantry - Epworth contributes to the school supply pantry located at Grace Church (3700 Dorr Street) that serves teachers from Hawkins and four other elementary schools, as well as Rogers High School. Epworth volunteers also help staff the supply pantry.
- Hawkins Hut – Epworth members donate items to be distributed in the Hawkins Hut, which provides awards for the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program.
- Special events - Volunteers assist with special events during the school year.
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