Price encourages city employees to spend a little time teaching kids
Price City council members and city officials have long placed a high importance on education in the community. The effects it can have on the life of a child over the years is immeasurable both for the child and the community.
That's just one of the many reasons Price City has created a new educational initiative for city employees to volunteer a few hours each month for schools in the Carbon School District.
The Price City Council unanimously approved a motion last month that would see city employees across all departments be able to volunteer up to four hours per month.
"Education is the main focus of this program," said John Daniels, Price City Human Resources director. "Society benefits from education, including ours."
Last week Daniels met with Carbon School District Superintendent Steve Carlsen and all of the principals from the district to discuss how the program would work and what ways that volunteers from the city could do to best utilize their time.
To help the situation, Daniels said the city was working on creating a database of city employees who are interested in volunteering time. The database would help with finding opportunities for city employees to volunteer as well as providing opportunities for those with expertise in a specific area to possibly speak with a class on a particular day.
Volunteers could spend their time doing things such as helping out a teacher in a classroom, listening to children reading, helping them with spelling and math, talking to a class about a subject they know about and more. However, Daniels explained, the program is not designed to have an employee go on a field trip with a class.
"The limitation is that it must be in classroom assistance," said Daniels. Also city employees must be in good standing to participate and must have prior approval from their department supervisor.
While the program is still in its infancy, one Price City employee has already spent a few hours volunteering. Ron Brewer, Price City Water and Sewer Treatment manager, spent about three hours speaking to sixth graders at Sally Mauro Elementary in Helper. The students were learning about bacteria and with Brewer's experience working with Price City, it became a perfect fit to volunteer.
"I didn't know what to think at first of the chance to volunteer," Brewer said. "But I really enjoyed volunteering and helping out those kids."
While Brewer spent some time speaking to the class about things such as untreated water, he said the students became involved, asking questions and helping learn about a subject they are currently studying.
"I was excited to be there with them and I thought they asked a lot of great questions," Brewer said.
With some work and time, the education initiative program can evolve over time, Carlsen believes.
"I see this program starting out slow but I believe it can evolve over time into a nice program for the district and the city," Carlsen said. "City employees should benefit from being in the classrooms and the students should benefit as well."
Carlsen said each school's faculty will discuss how to utilize the program and volunteers from Price City.
"It's very positive," Carlsen said of the initiative. "We'll see where it goes from here."
The program is currently being rolled out to all of the city departments, Daniels said.
But the early results of the program show a possibility for a viable and stable opportunity for Price City employees to help out in the community.
"It was a lot of fun for me," said Brewer. "I just wanted to help out the kids in whatever way I could."
"The education initiative is about supplementing the schools and assisting educators wherever we can," Daniels said.