Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed


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The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District offers an extended school year program, referred to as ESY, for students with disabilities served by Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who need instruction over the summer.  This summer, ESY will run from June 26 through August 8 (six weeks), Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Unionville Elementary School.  Students who participate in this program have disabilities that require them to receive instruction in academics like reading, writing, and mathematics, but students also have goals in the areas of social skills, sensory skills, and communication skills.  Additionally, the program is promoting a different theme each week with a corresponding activity day filled with authentic learning opportunities such as field trips, special visitors, and exciting activities.   This summer in order to best support our ESY students’ needs, we are looking for peers of varying school ages to volunteer to participate in ESY for all six of the one-time per week activity days.  Research suggests that both students with disabilities and students without disabilities greatly benefit from these inclusive opportunities.  

If your child is interested in participating in this unique program, please complete the google survey using this link or by going to https://goo.gl/forms/oeAnynnvDeKtgqaa2.  Parents or guardians are responsible for transporting student volunteers to and from Unionville Elementary School, where ESY is being held this summer.  While your child may greatly benefit from volunteering and will be supervised by staff at all times, they will not be receiving any kind of direct instruction.  However, student volunteers will receive guidance on how to interact with their peers who have disabilities and should be willing to fully participate in all activities.

We are very excited to run the ESY Student Volunteer program again this summer!  Please know that we have limited spaces, but we hope to continue this volunteer program next summer.

ESY Activity Days for Grades K-5 Student Volunteers
ESY Activity Days for Grades 6-12 Student Volunteers
June 27- CAST @ ESY
June 27- CAST @ ESY
July 13- US Post Office
July 13- US Post Office
July 18- Swimming @ YMCA
July 20- Swimming @ YMCA
July 27-ESY Maker Space
July 27-ESY Maker Space
August 3- Longwood Gardens ($5)
August 3- Longwood Gardens ($5)
August 8- Foxy Loxy (BYO $)
August 8- Foxy Loxy (BYO $)