St. James' Partner in Education (PIE)
St. James has been a partner of Chase Street Elementary School for 15 years through the "Partners in Education" program of Clarke County Schools. Chase is one of the smallest schools in the district, with a population consisting mainly of low-income Black and Latino students. The beautifully remodeled 1920s school building is located at 757 N. Chase St. in the historic Boulevard neighborhood.
St. James provides volunteers and other support services throughout the school year, with the recruitment of mentors and tutors being our primary goal. We welcome suggestions of new and/or better ways to help provide a nurturing learning environment for the students in preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first through fifth grades.
- Tutors - for one child or small group
- Mentors - one-on-one relationship with a student for one year
- Teacher helpers
- Library helpers
- Reading buddies
- Book Fair clerks - one week in fall and spring
- Food Providers - for staff and faculty during fall and spring parent-teacher conferences; also in American Education Week
- Office Helpers
- Outdoor cleanup of grounds
- Activity helpers - at special events and field day
Things anyone can do without committing your time:
- Pray for the school
- Grocery shop at Ingles, Publix, and Kroger to benefit the school (call 548-1016 for how-to)
- Clip General Mills coupons ("Boxtops for Education" not Betty Crocker) from cereals, snacks, etc.- place in clear plastic receptacle outside Fellowship Hall on wall by door
- Purchase new or replacement books for the library
- Help underwrite school field trips, both locally and overnight - individual scholarships
- Donate new or good used children's clothes, especially coats, sneakers, underwear and socks in pre-school and kindergarten sizes.
- Donate children's board games and any kind of sports equipment, such as balls and racquets (can be lightly used)
- Provide financial help for occasional special projects
If you are interested in any of these areas, contact Marlene Bryan at 548-1016