Ways to help with Odyssey of the Mind

OM is an international problem solving contest that challenges students to work as a team to think creatively to solve year-long problems. CES has a history of sending teams to the Vermont Tournament every year and has gained trophies and a whole lot more from the experience. Parents and community members make it possible. Volunteer can be coaches, providing supervision and handling logistics such as scheduling meetings, making sure paperwork is done properly, getting the team to competition, and teaching students how to work together to solve problems. Coaches offer guidance and encouragement to students while helping them learn how to explore possibilities, listen to others, learn from failures, and evaluate solutions effectively. Other volunteer opportunities include becoming an assistant coach, helping out at meetings, providing or organizing snacks, and volunteering to work the day of the Tournament. More information about OM is available at www.odysseyofthemind.com. Please contact Ellen Koier at ekoier@cesvt.net or 644-8821 ext 347 if you’d like to help!


America Reads Challenge

The America Reads Challenge is a grassroots national campaign that challenges every American to help all our children learn to read. America Reads sparks collaborations between educators, parents, librarians, and college students. Cambridge Elementary has a collaboration with Johnson State College in which college students read with and to Cambridge Elementary School students. The America Reads reading partner will read once a week for 10-30 minutes per student.If you volunteer for an hour you might read with 4 students. Students read their “Just right” books to you for practice.  We are excited to have college students and adult community readers whom want to read with students. All JSC and community readers  fill out an application, have an interview, have a criminal background check, reference check, attend a training and have an orientation at CES. Reading partners will read together only when CES and JSC are in session at CES, CAP (Cambridge After-School Program) or the Cambridge Connections Enrichment Program. Any questions, contact Donna Rooney, CES America Reads Coordinator.