Augusta school looks for funding to help teacher volunteers

News 12 This Morning/Friday Dec. 13, 2013

"Our teachers in the county have been furloughed nine days and to ask a teacher, 'could you please give me some more time for free?' That's a difficult conversation to have," said Natalie Robinson, academic supervisor principal at the Richmond County Performance Learning Center.

But it's one Allison Campbell and Monica Worthy, two teachers at the Richmond County Performance Learning Center, didn't shy away from--volunteering to allow more students to learn--and now celebrate their accomplishments at this semester's Student Recognition Day.

"It feels wonderful. This is what we've been working toward," said Campbell.

"To see these students achieve so much--we've stayed on them through probably since August," said Worthy.

Among those students is 50-year-old Francine Chance, who's story of finally earning her diploma after 32 years was first shared on News 12.

She tells me couldn't have finished without the evening option provided by Campbell and Worthy's sacrifice.

"They're the world's greatest. They were my inspiration, sitting in their seats," said Chance.

Principal Natalie Robinson tells me it wasn't always like this.

"Previously, we had an evening program that we ran four days a week, but we lost funding for those grants," she explained. "Now we're looking for more funding [in the form of] grants [or]donations."

Now, they're looking for community support.

"It would show our students that there is support all the way around the clock and it would give us an opportunity to excel our program so that more students would have the chance to come in and get the same type of services or better," said Campbell.

Campbell and Worthy tell me working with students who are pushing to go above and beyond makes the volunteering--easy.

"When we see students coming in and devoting extra time, it makes it worthwhile," said Worthy.

"I believe in investments and my investment is my time because I already know that by offering this to them, they'll be able to offer something greater to society," said Campbell.

Folks interested in helping are asked to contact Natalie Robinson at 706-796-4965 ext. 1300.

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