CARES volunteer program

  • History of the CARES Program
    In 1975, the BCISD Board of Education unanimously approved a pilot volunteer program at Cherry Elementary. It began with 31 volunteers. Since that time thousands of volunteers have provided the district with hundreds of thousands of service  hours.
    The continued success of the CARES program requires the enthusiastic support of the school administration and faculty and a reliable volunteer organization. Each school determines what its needs are. Then in consultation with the volunteer, campus coordinators determine the kinds of services to be provided to meet those needs. No program is initiated unless the principal approves and volunteers are assigned to only those teachers who ask for them.

    How can I help?
    Becoming actively involved in education at the local level can help influence the direction and quality of education for students. Children are dependent on an involved and caring community to provide quality education. Your involvement can make all the difference.
    Through their commitment, unique talents, caring and expertise, BCISD volunteers enrich the educational experience for all of our students. Volunteers help extend tax dollars by contributing many hours of work to the district, and most importantly, they help prepare students to become successful citizens in the local, national and international community.

    Program goals
    * to relieve the teacher of non-professional chores, thus providing more time for instruction
    * to offer individual help to children who are not working well in a group situation
    * to enrich the school program by making available the talents and resources of the community
    * to stimulate an informed community to more actively support public education

    What do volunteers do?
    Work with a teacher in a classroom
    Listen to students read
    Give one-on-one attention
    Photocopy
    Laminate
    Prepare bulletin boards
    Provide positive role-modeling
    File, label, and perform clerical duties
    Help with car drop-off and pick-up line
    Assist at special events

    Who can volunteer?
    Being a good volunteer doesn’t require any special education or degree. The best volunteers are those who:
    Have the time to give and the desire to serve.
    Are friendly, reliable and flexible.
    Love children - even those who are the most difficult to love - they need it the most.
    Are enthusiastic and cooperative.
    Have a professional attitude and interest in education.
    Feel a deep obligation as a citizen to support and help our schools.
    Are consistent and dependable in fulfilling their commitment.
    Plan to serve at least 2 hours each week.

    CARES is a segment of the BCISD Public Relations program, and is a joint undertaking by the schools and the community. The Public Relations coordinator works directly through the principals and their faculties and is accountable to the superintendent. All CARES volunteers are registered with the Public Relations office and undergo background checks as required by state law.