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Woman’s club explores volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities at the Cumberland County Elementary School was the topic at the Jan. 12 meeting of the Cumberland County Woman’s Club. Principal Ginny Gills was the speaker.

Members were encouraged to tell friends, neighbors and others in the community about the varied fun and interesting opportunities to give back to the community via the elementary school. 

Some options include being a reading buddy to a struggling student, participating as a cookie reader with a pre-kindergarten student, teaching table etiquette to pre-kindergarten students, serving in capacity as a teacher helper or lunch monitor and participating in events, such as Read Across America Day or Jump Rope for Heart.

The annual Jump Rope for Heart event will be held March 1. Times available are 7:40-8:40 a.m., 9:45-10:45 a.m. and 1:50-2:50 p.m. In addition, afterschool tutoring for reading or math will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5 p.m., starting Tuesday.

Prior to the start of the January meeting, club members participated in the annual valentine workshop, making over 220 handmade valentines for the elementary school teachers and staff.

International Outreach Chairman Georgeen Carden reminded members to return their filled coin boxes at the February meeting. Funds collected (since last September) will be used to purchase a heifer through Heifer International — a program that works to alleviate hunger and poverty through livestock and agriculture.

Carden reminded members that the person with the least amount of money in their coin box will have to kiss a cow. There are no details yet on when and how this will occur, but groans could be heard among members. Pictures will commemorate the event.

The spring field trip will be to Historic Garden Week at Windsor Farms on April 27. The cost will be $40, plus lunch. Those who would like to join are welcome. 

For more information, contact Carolyn Foran at tobo@ceva.net. Ticket payment is due by March 9.