Helping area students and their schools succeed is the goal of Project CLASS: Community Leaders Assisting Schools for Success.
Through the project, a neighborhood church or other organization teams up with a local business to “adopt” a nearby third-grade classroom in one of the Starkville or Oktibbeha County public schools. Volunteers are educated and equipped to directly support students, teachers, and principals in a number of ways. Core goals are to improve reading and math skills so students can perform at grade level by the end of third grade.
Teachers of classrooms that have been adopted consult periodically with the volunteers about the health and welfare of the students and about needs for additional support.
Project CLASS volunteers may
- serve as mentors and tutors for at-risk students
- recruit others from their organization or business to provide direct instructional support
- assist the students most in need by providing help of various kinds.
In some cases, volunteers handle noninstructional tasks so teachers can concentrate on their primary mission of educating students.
Over 140 volunteers have been trained to take part in the program and more volunteers are added to the rolls regularly. All third-grade classrooms in the Starkville and Oktibbeha County schools have been adopted, along with a number of fourth-grade classrooms in the Starkville School District. We hope to grow to eoncompass as many classrooms as possible with Project CLASS.
For more information or to enroll as a volunteer, call the Greater Starkville Development Partnership at (662) 323-3322.