Find your niche with Neighborhood School Partnership

Mission | August 25, 2016

Read with a child. Landscape and garden on the grounds. Eat lunch. Unload boxes. These are some of the ways St. Paul people can be a part of the Neighborhood School Partnership with Madison Elementary. Searching for a way to meaningfully engage your talents? Here are some on-going opportunities:

  1. An hour a week, or every other week, enjoy time with a “Lunch Buddy.” Eat lunch in the library, play games, read together, share conversation, laugh.  Shoot hoops, do a puzzle, write a letter, make Valentines. The choices are many; the time together needed. You decide what day of the week works best for you; the school will partner you with a child.
  1. Read to a child…and let them read to you. The companionship, skill building, and opportunity to read with someone strengthens a child in more ways than we can imagine. What time of day and what day(s) fit your schedule?
  1. Independent gardener needed to prune trees, cut back bushes, weed, and tend to the landscape. Any supplies needed can be provided. This work can be done whenever it fits your schedule.
  1. Madison Market, a neighborhood school food pantry, needs energetic people to unload and sort the River Bend Foodbank delivery on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m.  On those same Tuesdays, at 1:30 p.m., additional food needs to be unloaded and taken into the cafeteria. St. Paul volunteers host this school food pantry, where students and their parents shop for vegetables, fruit, bakery items, freezer and refrigerated food, and canned/boxed food.  The behind-the-scenes work is engaging, needed, and filled with camaraderie.

To learn more about being a part of this partnership, connect with Dana Welser, or 563-326-3547.

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