chapter  8
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Mentors, Volunteers, and Other Community Supporters

In this era of reduced financial and human resources, school principals are constantly looking for ways to get support for their schools. One of the widest ranges of support may come from the volunteers who are available to help at the schools. School volunteers may come from every walk of life and from every part of the school district. They may be young, old, male, female, retired, working, professional, or just interesting people. Volunteers in the elementary schools can be high school students, college students, senior citizens, community members, and parents. According to a Gallup poll, nearly half of all teens and retirees spend at least four hours a week doing volunteer work. But some students are challenging the idea of mandatory volunteerism. Some school districts, like Bethlehem Pennsylvania, have developed requirements that each student must complete 60 hours of community service work before graduation (Executive Educator, 1994).