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Literacy Enrichment and Creative Writing Program at Oxendine Elementary School

The Literacy Commons welcomes volunteers to assist classroom teachers in instruction in language arts (and other subjects as needed) at Oxendine Elementary School. During their time in the classroom, volunteers might read to students, listen to students read, lead small groups, tutor individuals, and/or assist with tasks in the school media center. Volunteers are welcome anytime during the school day, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and prior experience as a literacy volunteer is not required.

Oxendine enrolls 326 students from prekindergarten to sixth grade. Located about 12 miles from campus, at 5599 Oxendine School Rd. in Maxton, it is a Title I school, meaning that it serves a high-poverty community and thus receives federal funds "to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind" ("A Guide to Reading Your School's Report Card"). Its principal, Mr. Paul Locklear, and its teachers are committed to the educational achievement of all its students, all of whom are excited about working with you, a college student.

The Literacy Commons has sponsored more than 300 hours of student service at Oxendine since spring 2013. What’s more, the Literacy Commons has published The Voice, the creative work of Oxendine students who have participated in this program, now in its third volume.

 

Wanna Get Involved?

Volunteers may contact Caleb Smith at cws011@bravemail.uncp.edu or the LC at (910) 775-4775 to make a time to volunteer or get more information.