Our last volunteer training sessions of the school year are this month, so if you’ve thought about helping students and teachers in SFUSD, now is the time! Our final training of 2016-17 is on January 19. This week our call to volunteer in schools was published in the San Francisco Bay View:

“One way to make a difference at the local level is to become a volunteer in public schools, especially schools that are under-resourced and can really use the support.

The San Francisco Education Fund trains and places volunteers in classrooms across the San Francisco Unified School District, including Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, where second-grade teacher Crystal Farshchi works. Last school year Ms. Farshchi had four volunteers helping out in her classroom, and she said she would have taken 10 more.

‘It takes more than one teacher to do this job,” she said. “Our students experience high trauma in the neighborhood. The kids that live in the neighborhood, they live in low-income housing, they hear gunshots … So they come to school, and this is their safe space, but it’s also where their trauma comes out and their social-emotional [challenges] come out.’”

Read the full article on the San Francisco Bay View’s website.