Age Minimum (with Adult):16+, Minimum Age:18+
Children’s Book Festival Helpers
The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of VA (BHMVA) celebrates the rich culture and inspiring histories of African American people in Virginia and their contributions to the American story and is e a statewide resource on the many facets of Black history through exhibitions, discussions and celebrations. The BHMVA, in partnership with Dominion, will host a day of programming to engage 1st & 2nd grade children in the Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond public schools in reading and other literacy related activities. The objectives for this program are to: • Promote a love for reading within the targeted school grades • Demonstrate the connectivity of reading to the visual and musical arts (illustrators & musicians) • Encourage students to engage in reading and literacy related activities over summer break • Provide students with free, age appropriate reading materials to take home • Build awareness for BHMVA as an educational resource for the community Studies show that the when children read over the summer months, they are more likely to retain knowledge. Additionally, studies indicate children with reading materials in the home are more inclined to read. Volunteers are needed for various event tasks like greeting, set-up, break-down, assisting with student activities, preparting areas, and more. Different lengths of shifts are available. Set up: Volunteers will assist staff with setting up tables and chairs, covering tables, removing in trash from the park area and making all other preparations for the day’s activities. Greeters: Shift #1: Volunteers will go to the area where the school buses will be arriving. They will greet/welcome teachers and students with friendly smiles, provide them with instructions/information for the day’s activities and guide them to their assigned area in front of the main stage. After the opening activity, volunteers will guide student groups to their designated tents to begin the fun. Shift #2: Volunteers will meet student groups at their designated tents, escort them back to the main stage area and join them for the closing activity. After closing, they will escort student groups back to the buses for dismissal. Tent Assistants: Volunteers will sign-in and be assigned to one of the author/presenter tents. There they will assist the presenter by helping with set up, distributing materials to students if needed, assist students with hands on activities, engage with students during activities, and reorganize work area to prepare for the next group of students. Breakdown: Volunteers will assist staff with the breakdown of tables and chairs, cleaning up of park area, and all other activities to ensure the park is clear of debris and materials used for the day’s activities. Street parking is limited, carpooling is recommended if possible. Limited parking is available in Ebenezer Baptist Church lot and school adjacent to Abner Clay Park. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes--No shorts above the knee. Water and snacks will be provided for volunteers.
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