How can my organization help?
Community businesses and organizations can partner with schools and the school division by participating in any of the following activities:
Getting started is easy as volunteering to read to a class. Simply call the principal at a school near you and schedule a time to read. Children appreciate guest readers and the readers always enjoy the experience and usually commit more time in the future.
Help develop and participate in a positive mentoring program that provides role models for elementary students. They encourage goal setting, good study habits and good citizenship. The 7th Transportation Corps from Ft. Eustis partners with The Achievable Dream Academy by providing daily encouragement to students. Military representatives assist with physical fitness activities while counseling students on good grooming, business etiquette, and proper discipline.
Numerous businesses in the community provide summer and school-year internships to NN high school students. It is critical that students learn about potential careers while they make present and future educational decisions. Successful internships have been provided in career fields such as medicine, engineering, accounting, architecture, education, public service and technology. Businesses consider internships as a way of nurturing their industry. Many students return after they have completed formal training.
Tutoring programs throughout the school division have helped achieve higher goals. The TATOO (Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles) program, operating at Newport News Shipbuilding since the early 80's, is a partnership program that provides tutoring in math, reading and science at Huntington and Newsome Park. Like other Cut companies, Newport News Shipbuilding provides employees flex-time to tutor during lunch.