The Curry Coastal Pilot

What's scarier than a classroom full of 30 or more children?

Being the only teacher.

This year, with many class sizes at Brookings-Harbor schools larger than expected (30 to 35 students), the need for parents helpers is bigger than ever.

We don't doubt that teachers are up for the challenge, but we're certain that most won't turn down offers of assistance from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and community members.

The duties of a volunteer classroom helper might include working with children in small groups, leading classroom activities, grading assignments, going on field trips, and being a guest reader. Although less glamorous, other jobs might be photocopying, collating and organizing paperwork, and cutting paper and other materials for projects.

Sometimes teachers will use a helper to work with students most in need of special attention in the classroom. Often, just having another adult in the room helps keep the children on their best behavior.

Being a volunteer helper is not limited to the classroom. Those who can't be there during the day, or feel uncomfortable working in a classroom, can grade papers, prepare projects and do other assignments from home.

It doesn't have to be a regular commitment: Volunteers can simply be someone in the community who would like to visit once or twice to share information about their profession, talents and abilities with the students.

Volunteers are also needed elsewhere in our schools. Specialty areas, like art, computer science or physical education, or even the front office, may benefit from a helping hand.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help in our schools. You don't have to be a teacher, or have special knowledge or experience; all you need is the energy and desire to make our schools a better place andndash; and to help our dedicated, but overwhelmed teachers.

Just give the schools a call and let them know you want to volunteer.