Opportunity to Partner with Central Avenue Elementary School

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses

We will once again partner with our friends at Central Avenue Elementary School this year. Central Avenue is located about two miles west of the Osceola Campus and faces significant challenges. The mobility rate is 65 percent, meaning that only 35 percent of the students who started at Central Avenue Elementary last week will finish the year at the school. As you might imagine, the school’s success rates are low. In fact, in 2014, less than a quarter of the third-grade students at Central Avenue passed the FCAT.

Along those lines, we’re looking for faculty, staff and students who would be willing to serve as a mentor. The time commitment can be flexible, but if you’re interested in serving as a mentor, you should plan to spend 30-45 minutes with a student once a week or once every other week. You may be asked to help the student with reading, with math (don’t worry, it’s not fractions or algebra … just multiplication tables), and most of all, with self-esteem and self-confidence.

osc-central-ave-students-groveMore than anything, many of these students need to know that there is an adult in the world who believes in them and who cares about them. The school will provide learning materials for your visits, and for convenience, student mentor visits may be conducted during Valencia work hours (with approval from your supervisor).

If you are interested in learning more about serving as a mentor at Central Avenue Elementary School, please contact Marie Brady, manager of campus operations, at mbrady@valenciacollege.edu or extension 4105.

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