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Summer Session Student Volunteers Recognized by School Board

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Summer Session Student Volunteers Recognized by School Board
Posted on 08/17/2016
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Six high school and middle school students who volunteered this past summer to help younger students in summer learning programs were recently honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana. The students were praised for being positive role models, providing academic support for younger students and for their willingness to help.

The recognition took place at the board’s meeting on Aug. 16. The students who were honored at the meeting were Deering High School students Danielle Chambers; Sahra Abdirahman; and Esther Mugisha; Lyman Moore Middle School students Yusra Idow and Yasmin Idow; and Bilan Mohamed, a Westbrook resident and Deering High School student who was a volunteer in Portland this summer.

“These amazing young ladies spent a good part of their summer working as student volunteers in our summer school programs,” Botana said. “I would like you to join me in recognizing these six fine students for their contributions this summer.”

He read the following description about the summer programs and the students’ efforts:

During the summer of 2016, the Portland Public Schools held many learning opportunities for students through various summer programs. Among these programs were Kindergarten Jump Start – held at Riverton, Reiche and Presumpscot schools; the Summer Program for Rising 1st and 2nd graders; and the Learning Works Summer Program both also at Presumpscot.

Among the many volunteers that help run these summer programs, we want to acknowledge those volunteer students for dedicating many hours to working with their peers. You should know that some of these programs ran for a five-week period (100 total hours) and these students were there to help.

Teachers’ feedback about these students was nothing short of amazing. The teacher comments included: “being a great role model;” “always willing to take on a new task;” “helping set up for breakfast and lunch;” and “providing support to students in the classroom with reading, writing, math and technology.” There is one comment, however, that truly sums up how invaluable student volunteers can be – “demonstrating to the (younger) students how cared for they are in our community by playing with (the students) and connecting with them each day.”