Community Service

MCPSRA has many volunteers who are involved in a variety of community service activities such as the following.

 

 

Described below are two of our special long term projects. 

 

Toolkit, Books and  Backpacks Projects

Toolkits are lidded plastic shoe boxes containing a

variety of school supplies that are distributed to all Title

I summer school kindergartners as well as Head Start

students for use at home to support their learning at

school.  The project was initiated by MCPSRA in 2003

to help economically disadvantaged elementary school

children who attend the Title I Extended Learning

Opportunities Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL)

Program.  It has grown from one benefiting 800 students

the first year to 2,000 children during the summer of 2018.

 Since the project began approximately 20,000 toolkits

have been assembled and distributed.  The cost per

toolkit is approximately $15.  Once the kits are assembled

and distributed to each summer school site, in-service

training sessions for parents are offered by Title I staff to

help parents learn how to best use with their children the

items and lesson plans provided in the toolkits.  This project

has achieved local, state, and national recognition and many

awards including a national one from NRTA/AARP entitled

With Our Youth! Excellence Award.

 

Books were purchased and/or collected and distributed to children in Grades 1 through 5 to add to or begin a home library in years past.  During the first twelve years of the project approximately 9,000 new books and thousands of gently used books have been distributed to Title I summer school children.  This component of the project has been suspended for the past three years due to a lack of funds.   Additional donations and funding are needed to reinstate this part of the project.

 

Backpacks of school supplies and books have been assembled and given to each homeless child enrolled in the Title I summer school program beginning in 2008.  More than 240 backpacks have been provided by MCPSRA for children since then.  Additional funding is needed to resume this component of the project, which has been suspended for the past three years. 

Josiah Henson Project

See the attached PDF for a description of the Josiah Henson Project.

  • Report to the MCPSRA Board of Directors on the progress of the Project at monthly meetings. 

  • Report to the Membership at the quarterly luncheons regarding the progress of the project.

  • Encourage the membership to donate to the Josiah Henson Project.

  • Write articles for the quarterly newsletter about the project. and encourage donations.

  • Work with staff who work on the project to make presentations at the luncheons when requested by  the Board of Directors.

  • Consult with the Treasurer of MCPSRA to determine the amount of contributions.