Rockville seeks mentors for elementary students -- Gazette.Net



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Rockville is looking for volunteers willing to spend one hour a week mentoring elementary school students during the new school year.

The mentors must be at least 16 years old with a reliable source of transportation and be willing to commit to coming in each week, said Kate Bouwkamp, director of community programs for the city.

Consistency in making the weekly mentoring appointments each week from October through May is vital, Bouwkamp said.

The program is being conducted at two Rockville-area elementary schools and at the Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, she said.

Bouwkamp said she’s looking for 13 mentors per site.

Mentors will meet with their students an hour per week and offer help with homework, play games, make crafts and talk with the student.

People interested in being mentors must have an interview, background check and child welfare check before they’re accepted into the program, Bouwkamp said.

High school students who mentor can earn student service learning hours.

For more information, contact Bouwkamp at 240-314-8317 or kbouwkamp@rockvillemd.gov.

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