Friday, November 05, 2010

2010 Great American Teach-In: You Make The Difference!

Visit a Pasco County school during National Education Week, November 15-19, 2010, and especially on Thursday, November 18 for the Great American Teach-In (GATI), and you are likely to see a myriad of visitors mesmerizing students with their careers, hobbies, and talents.  Firefighters, chemists, electricians, actors, magicians, dog trainers, medical personnel, soldiers, bakers and commercial fishermen are only a few of the community and parent volunteers who have shared their talents and stories with students.

This is the twelfth year Progress Energy and the District School Board of Pasco County have partnered to present GATI, part of Pasco County Schools’ annual American Education Week celebration.  It’s a special opportunity for parents and community members to visit the public school of their choice and share talents and skills with a new generation.  Your story can spark the imagination of students and excite them to explore new possibilities!

This year’s GATI event is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2010.  Opportunities are available during the school day.  Volunteers can stay for an hour or for the whole day!  The amount of time is determined by the volunteers’ schedule and what teachers want to accomplish.  Whatever the length of the visit, volunteers make a difference!  Thousands of previous Teach-In participants have discovered the experience to be truly rewarding.

Here are some Teach-In Tips:

  • Plan for 20-25 students per classroom.
  • Consider wearing attire appropriate to the occupation, hobby or topic you plan to discuss.
  • Keep the students’ average attention span in mind: 10-15 minutes for elementary grades and 20-30 minutes for secondary grades.
  • When you arrive at the school, please check in at the front office to pick up your name tag.  Someone will greet you and accompany you to the classroom.
  • If you plan to bring printed or audiovisual materials, please check with the teacher or school Teach-In Coordinator in advance.
  • Do not ask students for personal information, including telephone numbers, email addresses or home addresses.

To get involved and register, please contact a school of your choice as soon as possible.  School names, locations, and contact information can be found on the District School Board of Pasco County website.  School personnel will be happy to help you have a wonderful GATI Day!  For general information, contact Randee Williams, Supervisor, Volunteer Programs, at rcwillia@pasco.k12.fl.us or 727-774-2203, 813-794-2203 or 352-524-2203.

Please plan to join us for GATI. The kids will love you for it!  Thank you in advance for your generous contribution of talent and time to help make Pasco’s GATI 2010 the best ever!