Paris Elementary/University Partnership
In order to connect with our surrounding Aurora schools, AMC Student Senate has developed a partnership with Paris Elementary School. Volunteers from all University programs are needed on an ongoing basis for the following programs:
Saturday Sports Club
Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9 am-12 pm, volunteers are needed to play different sports with ~ 80-90 Paris Elementary school students. Each Saturday there will be a different sport theme and volunteers will help instruct students on rules of the game. This activity is for those volunteers who love to engage in physical activity and have fun with children!
Starting in August of 2009, AMC Senate started a mentor program with the 4th and 5th graders at Paris Elementary. University students from all backgrounds and programs are encouraged to commit to be a pen pal for one of these students. Students have been paired with our UCD students to mentor and help them develop their English writing skills.
Students are not expected to contact the student on their own, but instead are included in large events (ie field trips, campus visits, inter-relationship building activities) with their Paris Elementary "pal." The purpose of this partnership is to build students' confidence and increase their interest in higher education as well as health related careers.
The 2nd Saturday of the month the diversity committee organizes an activity for the Pals to interact and have fun.
February 12th was the first Paris Pals event this Spring. 36 Students (4th and 5th graders) and 16 UCD students learned a new high-energy dance workout called Zumbatomic. It promotes fitness, rhythm, and social skills. The kids (and the adults) really enjoyed the activity.
The morning was full of dancing, socializing and healthy snacks!