VOLUNTEER TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Edge students work with teachers at EPS one day per week, fulfilling a variety of responsibilities. Teachers benefit by getting an extra set of helping hands in their classroom to run copies, stuff backpacks, help with projects, supervise the wee ones, and whatever else may arise in the course of a typical (usually busy) school day. Students benefit by gaining valuable work experience and an opportunity to practice the skills necessary to be successful in life after the big day (graduation).
HELPING HANDS WHEN NEEDED
Edge students are willing to jump in when needed. The 2014 EIS Color Run (pictured at left) was a great chance to help with a fundraiser, while encouraging the younger kids to participate in a healthy activity. Not only did the event generate excitement around a healthy activity, but it was a lot of fun to be a part of. Giving back feels good!
CLOTHES FOR CLASSMATES (discontinued)
A number of years back, the students from The Edge Alternative School started a program called Clothes For Classmates. The program was designed to provide the Ellettsville community an opportunity to swap, donate, or "shop" for gently used clothes. This was purely a community service. There was no money exchange; no obligations; no pressure.
Edgewood Primary School graciously assisted Edge students in pulling the project together. They served as both the main donation drop-off, as well as housing the program. Every week students from The Edge sorted through donations and selected the cream-of-the-crop to put on the racks. They provided clothes for all ages, from infant to adult. Students and members of the community may "shop" during school hours.
The students were proud of their efforts with the program, but felt that it was time to develop a new direction for their community service efforts. Look for new things to come from the students of 2013/2014.