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Reddick’s Rays of Sunshine are a group of volunteers working to help Reddick Elementary School’s students, teachers, and staff.

Reddick Elementary School, located at 325 W. Lake Drive in Wimauma, is one of the largest elementary schools in Hillsborough County with more than 700 children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. The school is a “Title I” school, meaning that the majority of the students (over 90%) come from poor families – a large percentage of the students have parents who don’t speak English well enough to help with homework. School is open as follows:

 

Monday                  7:40 AM to 12:55 PM
Tuesday-Friday     7:40 AM to 1:55 PM

Reddick’s Rays of Sunshine provide reading, math and science tutoring assistance, help with the library (media center) and assist with a variety of “back-office” activities such as making photocopies of documents for classroom use, collating handouts, etc. Other Rays help the school identify and submit requests for grants. There are other opportunities to help with a broader array of activities as they arise.

If you have time or services to donate, we can use your help! Prior experience is not necessary – just enthusiasm! There is always a special need for bilingual volunteers or even conversational level Spanish, but speaking Spanish is not necessary. For more information on the volunteer jobs needed, see the list of jobs below.  You can either access the job descriptions with the buttons or simply scroll down and examine them all.

Reading/Language Arts Tutor

Position Summary:
• Works under the direction of a teacher in a specific grade (kindergarten – Grade 5), providing language arts (reading and writing) assistance to children in a specific classroom on a mutually agreed-upon schedule

Purpose of the Position:
• Provide underachieving students with reading and writing practice with a goal of students meeting grade-level standards for language arts
• Provide enrichment activities to students working above grade level

Location: 325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Report to the assigned classroom and work with one or more children as identified by the teacher
• Notify teacher in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Like to have fun helping our future generation grow
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility
• Prior teaching experience is not necessary, but a plus
• Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day agreed to with the teacher

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Review of basic phonics rules, Dolch 220 sight words, and grade-level state standards for language arts
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

3rd Grade Weekly Reading Coach

Position Summary:
• Works under the direction of a 3rd Grade teacher providing weekly language arts (reading and writing) assistance to the same children of a specific class

Work Location: 
325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Report to the assigned classroom and work with up to 4 children as identified by the teacher
• Notify teacher in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Prior teaching experience
• Positive attitude
• Like to have fun helping our future generation grow
• Ability to read and speak English
• Flexibility
• Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and days agreed to with teacher, minimum 2 days every week

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Coaching plans and tools provided by the teacher including review of basic phonics rules, Dolch 220 sight words, and grade-level state standards for language arts
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

Math Tutor

Position Summary:
• Works under the direction of a teacher in a specific grade (kindergarten – Grade 5), providing math assistance to children in a specific classroom on a mutually agreed-upon schedule

Location: 
325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position:
• Provide underachieving students with math practice with the goal of students meeting grade-level standards for math
• Provide enrichment activities to students working above grade level

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Report to the assigned classroom and work with one or more children as identified by the teacher
• Notify teacher in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Enjoy working with children
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility
• Prior teaching experience is not necessary, but a plus
• Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day agreed to with the teacher

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Review of grade-level state standards for math
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

Science Tutor

Position Summary:
• Assists in science demonstrations and/or experiments for a specific grade or class

Location: 325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position:
• Assist with demonstrations and/or experiments designed to enrich science learning with the goal of students meeting grade-level standards for science.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Gather materials needed for demonstration/experiment from the science room, and deliver to specific classrooms
• Assist in science demonstrations/experiments
• Notify school in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Enjoy working with children
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility
• Prior teaching experience is not necessary, but a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day agreed to with teacher• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Review of grade-level state standards for science
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

Classroom Helper

Position Summary:
• Works under the direction of a teacher in a specific grade (kindergarten – Grade 5), providing assistance to the teacher by performing a variety of duties such as helping cut out items, helping children gather/put away learning materials, reading to children, giving specific children one-on-one attention, etc.

Location: 325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position:
• Provide teachers with another pair of hands in a classroom setting

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Report to the assigned classroom and perform a variety of duties as identified by the teacher
• Notify teacher in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Enjoy working with children
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility
• Prior classroom experience is not necessary, but a plus
• Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day agreed to with the teacher

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

Media Specialist (Librarian) Assistant

Position Summary:
• Works under the direction of the Media Specialist, helping check-in/check out/re-shelve over 1,000 library books each week

Location: 325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position:
• Enable children to check out school library books by keeping books on library shelves. With over 1,000 books changing hands each week, the sole media specialist cannot keep the Media Center open without assistance.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Report to Media Center and perform duties as identified by media specialist
• Greet children and teachers with a friendly smile
• Use the handheld scanner to record books being checked out/checked in
• Return checked in books to library shelves
• Assist children in finding appropriate books
• Perform other tasks as requested
• Notify media specialist in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Enjoy working with children
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility
• Knowledge of Dewey decimal system a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day agreed to with media specialist

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

Photocopy Operator/Back Office

Position Summary:
• Works under the direction of the Media Specialist, making photocopies of items for teachers
• Works under the direction of the media specialist to laminate items for teachers

Location: 
325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position:
• Maximize the use of the sole photocopy and lamination machines dedicated to reproduction/protection of items for the school’s 45 classrooms

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Report to Media Center and make photocopies as requested on photocopy request forms, then return photocopied items to “Completed” shelves
• Notify media specialist in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility

Commitment Expected:
• Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day agreed to with media specialist

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• How to operate photocopy and lamination machines and where to go for additional assistance

Science Lab Coordinator

Position Summary:
• Gathers requested science materials from the science resource room for use by a specific class for a science experiment or demonstration for a specific class

Location: 325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position:
• Make it easier for teachers to access materials designed to enrich science learning with the goal of students meeting grade-level standards for science

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked for the day
• Collect science resource request forms from the office, gather requested materials from the science resource room and deliver them to requesting teacher
• Notify school in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Enjoy working with children
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility

Commitment Expected:
•  Minimum of one hour a week at a specific time and day

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds
• Review of grade-level state standards for science
• Additional information and guidance provided by the teacher

Grant Writer

Position Summary:  Identify grant opportunities and work with staff to submit and follow up on grant requests for items needed but not financed by school budgets

Location: 325 W. Lake Drive, Wimauma

Purpose of the Position: Solicit grants for wanted, but unfunded items

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Log in and log out of the school office with name, arrival time, departure time, and total hours worked
• Work with school staff to identify items unfunded but needed by the school
• Identify grant opportunities
• Collect school data for use with grant requests and work with staff to submit requests
• Notify school in event of absence or lateness

Qualifications:
• Ability to read and speak English
• Positive attitude
• Flexibility
• Prior experience in requesting grants is not necessary, but a plus

Commitment Expected:
• Flexible – most work can be performed outside of school

Training:
• Participate in orientation to review the school’s policies and tour school grounds

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