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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Art & Science in One at Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)!

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What is Art & Science in One? Art & Science in One pairs volunteer mentors and elementary students for a hands-on, structured program in nature journaling. Meeting once a week during the spring, the Art & Science in One (AS1) program trains volunteers to help students develop basic science skills of observation and recording, through modeling these skills and working together as a two-person team in explorations of a local habitat. You can read more about the program on CSV’s web site.

How do I sign up? Register here on Eventbrite for a time to register in person for AS1. The Art & Science in One program coordinator will contact you in advance of that date for a brief phone interview and to answer any questions. After that, your in-person registration will take usually no more than 20 minutes.

Who are the students? Will I work with just one student? The students in the program are all the students in an Upper Elementary (combined 4th- and 5th-grade) classroom at Cambridge’s public Tobin Montessori School. Each volunteer in the program is paired with a single student for the duration of the program. Consistent mentoring by one adult of the same student throughout the course of the program is integral to this program, as with most of our Cambridge School Volunteers programs.

Can I help if I’ve never worked in a school? Yes! You do not have to have prior experience as a tutor or teacher.

What is the time commitment? Volunteers commit to attending each of eight Friday AS1 sessions, beginning March 31, 2017, and ending June 2, 2017. All sessions are two hours long, beginning promptly at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. We ask for a firm commitment to all dates.

What about April School Vacation Week? There will be no session on Good Friday (April 14th), a school holiday, nor will there be a session on the Friday of April School Vacation Week (April 21st).

Can I join the program as a volunteer if I'm not an artist? Can I be involved if I don’t have any expertise in natural history? Yes! You will receive training from a Harvard Museum of Natural History drawing instructor, but more importantly, we seek volunteers who are themselves eager to learn about nature, drawing, or both together, and who can model curiosity, and attention to detail, for the students. This program usually involves a lively mix of people who have some drawing experience and/or some experience and expertise with natural history or science, but others with enthusiasm for any of those subjects are welcome to apply.

What about training? Training is built into the program schedule, described above.

Where does registration take place? You are on the signup page for in-person registrations that occur at Tobin Montessori School, 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge, MA. Click here for directions. (For your convenience, there are also registration appointments on-site at our main office at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.)

What if I am already volunteering in another CSV program this year?
We welcome you! If you have already filled out your paperwork for volunteering in another CSV program this school year, sign up here on Eventbrite, and make a note that you are a current volunteer, and we'll contact you by phone to talk about the program briefly. You will not need to duplicate your paperwork.

Do I need to provide references or have a CORI check?
Yes. You can download the K-8 Reference Form and bring two copies with you to your registration. Your references should be individuals who have known you for at least one year. We will be contacting them. Also, bring a government-issued photo ID (drivers license or passport) for a CORI (criminal record) check.

Thank you again for your interest in Art & Science in One and in Cambridge School Volunteers!

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