Seminole County Public Schools
RSVP New 2012 Relinquishment Funds Competition
Name of Applicant: Seminole County Public Schools
RSVP Volunteers Proposed: 300
Funds Requested: $105,000/year
Service Category: Education
With 63,854 students, SCPS is the 12th largest school district in Florida and is comprised of 65 schools -- 36 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 9 high schools, 3 special centers, 2 virtual schools, and 3 charter schools. Across these schools is much ethnic diversity with a minority percentage of 43.92%. SCPS excels in its mission "to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in life;" however, the district is concerned with the percentage of students, mostly from low-income communities, who struggle academically. To address this critical need, the proposed project will recruit senior volunteers to serve as tutors, classroom assistants and in other instructional support positions to enhance learning offered to students. Using research-based strategies such as intergenerational tutoring and mentoring, Seminole RSVP will provide meaningful intergenerational learning experiences that will: (1) improve student academic performance; (2) increase the number of caring adults providing support to students within the school setting; (3) provide supplemental educational experiences to students in grades K-12; and (4) enhance the quality of life for seniors in Seminole County through intergenerational connections.