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Gandhi once said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

That is why this week, we are taking the time to recognize members of the community who step up and serve others in their community during National Public School Volunteer week.

Here at ACPS, we do all we can to make sure that each student has the tool and access they need to succeed. But we depend on our community for their time and perspective. This is where our school volunteers come in to play.

During a year like no other, we have seen volunteers continue to strive to help create the best learning environment possible for our students. For example, at Scottsville Elementary School, students from the University of Virginia came to the rescue to help tutor students who needed a little extra help or showed interest in individual projects.

“They were with us in the virtual setting and some have remained to work with students in the physical classroom as well,” Elizabeth Cox, a teacher at Scottsville, said. “The students really look forward to working with them.”

Not only do volunteers help students with classwork, they also help students form relationships with people in their community.

“They are a valuable part of our classroom,” Tracy Goodman, a teacher at SES, said. “This one on one time has been so beneficial to students who really need their own ‘person’ to talk to.”

Here at ACPS, we could not be more thankful for those members of our community who donate their time to help better our students. Remember to thank a volunteer for all that they do this week!