Wanted: Helpers for students

An older woman sitting with her dog

Sue Buckley is a retired schoolteacher who enjoys walking her dog Jack, kayaking and making treats for her neighbors and friends.

She’s also known by “Sue B.” From 7-8:30 each weekday morning. She can be found as a staff member of the Johnson County Park and Recreation’s Before School program at Heatherstone Elementary School in Olathe, where she greets the children with a warm smile to start their day.

“The hours work out perfectly for me, and I like being with the children and my peers. We get along so well, and the kids really like me,” Sue B says.

In the Before School program, students enjoy a daily morning snack, finish home - work, play games and run off some energy before they start their school day. JCPRD staff have the unique opportunity to ensure that they have a positive experience, so they go to their classrooms ready to learn.

Other opportunities to engage with youth include JCPRD’s After School programs from 3-6 p.m. every weekday afternoon. Staff provide activities, arts and crafts, homework help, snacks and much more for elementary school children in Johnson County.

Programs are in Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Gardner and De Soto School Districts, and offer flexible hours, ranging from 15-30 hours a week. Participants are paid staff at JCPRD.

Schedules, including all five days or just a few days a week, can be accommodated. Evenings and weekends are always free.

Both programs need more participants to serve, like Sue B, as a mentor, a teacher and a friend to children before or after school, making a difference in the lives of young students.

More information is available at jcprd.com/1779/Out-of-School-Time-Jobs or calling 913-826-3023.