New Coaches to TeamRead need to download, complete, and return the from below.
Place the completed form in a sealed envelope and drop off at JMCSS's Central Office Attention: Rhonda Heard. OR You can mail your completed form directly to JMCSS 310 North Parkway Jackson TN 38305 ATTN: Rhonda Heard.
"After spending 17 years homeschooling our two children, my husband and I recently found ourselves empty-nesters. I began to think and pray about how to use my time. I knew I wanted to be involved in something that invested in peoples' lives. After hearing about Team Read and going to the introductory meeting, I decided I would commit to volunteering. After the first meeting with my two assigned children, I discovered that one of them wanted to be a dentist and the other a basketball player when they grow up. Mid-year one of my children moved away, and I was assigned a new reader. He wants to be a chef when he grows up. This in itself was rather unusual, but then I discovered that he already knew all the 1000+ sight words we were supposed to be working on! I wondered what "in the world" we would do with our time. Then it occurred to me. I had a children's cookbook at home that I would bring with me, and we would read recipes. The cookbook is unique in that it teaches about different countries and cultures around the world. Every week I brought the cookbook and a children's atlas, and we read about how to make dishes from Egypt to Japan. We even practiced with chopsticks when we read about China. After our first day of reading from the cookbook, my young reader said, "Can I take this book home with me?" I told him I needed to keep it, but that each week I would bring him a photocopy of the recipes we would read for that day. After doing this for several weeks, another little boy came to me and said, "Can I have one of those 'grocery lists' like you send home with him?" At the close of our year our final meeting day was bittersweet. The volunteers were proud of the progress our readers had made and were glad to cheer them on, but we were also sad to say goodbye. We had become friends. We were allowed to bring a book to give to each of our readers as a small gift to encourage them to keep on reading. I can't tell you the joy I experienced when my reader opened his package and found his own copy of the cookbook we had been reading together. Team Read is truly one of the best things I have ever been involved in. I can't recommend it enough." -Ms. Pat Guthrie, Former Arise2Read Coach at Lane Elementary and member of Northbrook Church
Unifying the Community
"I just finished the schedule and the sub list for Selmer Elementary. We have a total of 55 volunteers for 102 students. I spent 2 days calling people and was SO encouraged by their comments and enthusiasm. I had never thought that in addition to meeting the needs of the students, we might be meeting the needs of the volunteers as well. Some have physical challenges and we will have to see if it works out for them, but they have such a desire to serve. Others are without jobs for one reason or another and want to make their free time count. Some are new to the community and are honored to be asked to be part of something. Several are leaders in the community and are giving up lunch breaks to make time for children that need them. I was so encouraged by the diversity in ages and church affiliations. Some did not mention any affiliation, so this may be an opportunity to reach out to them as well. It makes me so happy that we are going into the schools as THE Church, not a church, doing what God has called us to do. What a wonderful opportunity for us all! I think we are as ready as we can be. Thank you again for everything. God is so good!" -Melanie Hudson, Co-Director ARISE2Read, Selmer TN