Educators and students have had a rough 15 months, and it won't get easier when they all go back to the classroom in September. Every school district in the nation is concerned about the impact of so many lost school days on our country's students. It's predicted that some students won't be ready for the next school year, and a few of those might give up. Our help is needed.

Ocean View Presbyterian has already sent almost a dozen volunteers to work with young students at Lord Baltimore beginning in September. Now we would also like to offer help to older students.

Mariners Methodist is starting an after-school tutoring and mentoring program this fall. Students will be bussed over to Mariners' beautiful new Hope Center from Selbyville Middle School and Indian River High School where volunteers will help them with homework, work with them on their science projects, help them practice a speech, or give them some tips on college applications. Then Mariners will serve them dinner and take them home.

The folks at Mariners are looking forward to our participation in working with middle- and high-school students on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons.

Volunteer applications and program descriptions are ready to share, and Mariners has already scheduled their training sessions. The dates are: August 18, from 10 am - 12 noon, and August 25, from 6 pm -8 pm. If you are interested in helping with this worthwhile program, please save one of those training dates. If you can give one afternoon a week or one afternoon a month, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact Jen Read. Full information and the application are in the office, or call Jen, and she will get one to you. The volunteer coordinator at Mariners is Sue Allenspach. She needs to hear from us asap because they are in the process of assigning and scheduling volunteers. Turn your completed application in to the office, or call Jen to pick yours up.