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St. Johns County School District Prepares For Incoming Volunteers

St. Johns County School District

As students and teachers get ready for school to start, St. Johns County is gearing up for the many volunteers who will be helping out this year.

Volunteer coordinator Cheryl Freeman said the training gets off to a soft start with a meet-and-greet on Thursday, August 2.

“We want to have a time for our volunteers to get together—learn some things, share some things—and get energized for the new school year that’s coming. Because we need them,” said Freeman.

The Summer Volunteer Conference will be geared toward those who want to provide academic support, like mentors and tutors.  Anyone who wants to help kids learn is welcome, Freeman said.

“And when you can come together then you start saying ok, yes, what I do on an individual basis, it’s part of a huge, positive force for these students.”

Some 26,000 volunteers put in a quarter-of-a-million hours helping out in St. Johns County public schools last year, according to Freeman.

The first day of school in St. Johns County for students will be Friday, August 10.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter @cydwjctnews.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.