Thursday, October 10, 2013

Volunteer Opportunities Abound for Current and Past Students of "Spanish in the Community"

Latina/o Family Visit Day: Sunday, October 13

Contact: Ronnie Kann,, 217-244-5941

I am reaching out to you personally and to your organization to volunteer for Latina/o Family Visit Day on Sunday, October 13th.   We are in need of people to work two hour or more timeslots.  We are in dire need of people who have been background checked to work with the younger children.  If you are able to work, can you indicate hours that you are free (between 8:00 and 4:00). Every little bit helps. I have attached an excel chart for your name, contact information, hours you would like to work and whether you have been background checked or not.  Those students who have been background checked (Education majors; America Reads, America Counts; volunteer activity in school) will be assigned to work with the little kid. Please share this excel with members of your org and  other students who might be willing to help us out (they don’t have to speak Spanish).

As always, if you have questions, concerns or want more information, please email me ( or call me at 217-244-5941. 

Thanks and I look forward t hearing from you, Ronnie

Latino Night, Urbana High School, Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm

Contact: Rejane Goncalves Dias 

I also wanted to let you know about another opportunity for volunteering at Urbana High School next week (Wednesday, October 16th) during the Latino Night. Below is the invitation to the families:

We would like to invite you to Latino Night on October 16th at 6:30pm in the high school commons. This night will be all in Spanish and will have a variety of information about UHS and it will be an opportunity to ask questions.  We will also have information about scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences for Nov 7 or Nov 8.  Tours of the school will also be available if you would like one. Doors will open at 6:15 pm and we will provide food and free childcare.

Rejane wrote this: Our Span 232 students can meet me in front of the high school in the Iowa St. side at 6:15 pm on October, 16th (Wednesday). Please ask them to e-mail me if they are interested, so I know who is going for me to wait for them. The activities they may do during the Latino Night at Urbana High School are:
- Provide information to Spanish-speaking parents on the places where events are taking place around the building of the high school.
-Provide oral translation to them as the school staff speaks throughout the event
-Interact with Spanish-speaking children and family members


Bilingual Classroom Help at Robeson Elementary School

Contact: Jaime M. Reed, information below

Robeson now has both a Kindergarten and 1st grade bilingual class.  We are in need of a few Spanish speaking volunteers to help out in those classes.  
Jaime M. Reed
Volunteer/Mentor Coordinator
Robeson Elementary and Westview Elementary
217-351-3884 (Robeson Office)
217-351-3905 (Westview Office)

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Central High School, October 24 & 25

Click here for vocabulary pertinent to parent-teacher conferences
Click here to read about a former student's experience with these parent-teacher conferences at Central.
Contact: Joan Strater, information below

We are once again in need of volunteers to help with Spanish translating during our parent teacher conferences next month.  Last semester your student’s help was a godsend.

I am hoping you can help us out again this semester?  Our conferences are Thursday, October 24th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday, October 25th from 8:00am to 12:00pm.  If you know of anyone that might be interested in helping, could you please have them email me

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can send my way.
Joan I. Strater
Main Office Secretary
Champaign Central High School
(217) 351-3911
(217) 351-3919 Fax

Intercambio Cultural Maya

This is an amazing chance to travel to Mexico during the winter break, do important service work in an indigenous community and learn a lot. Click here to read the details about this year's trip.

I had the opportunity to hear about this long-running trip from one of its organizers, Paul Hixson (who also happens to be the UIUC's CIO). I learned things I didn't know about the Guatemalan refugee camps inside Mexico in the 1990s.  

I highly encourage all students to look into this opportunity.

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