Elementary Students Learn from UVa Cavaliers

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The University of Virginia has a large volunteer community, giving students the chance to give their free time to those who will certainly benefit from it.

Cavs in the Classroom is a volunteer program that gives elementary students more one-on-one attention, altering the learning environment.

"It's an immense help to me," said Greer Elementary School teacher Sarah Healy. "I can work with smaller groups, a lot of times, my children need to go over things more than once."

Volunteers give teachers the opportunity to break away and work in small groups, which enhances the supportive learning environment.

"I think when you allow them all that extra practice, it's like a win-win all the way around," said Healy. "There's no way that they can't benefit."

Hannah Scott, second grader at Greer, said, "At the beginning of the year, I had bad handwriting and now I have good handwriting."

Lauren Kohler, a first year at UVa, devotes her time once a week to helping elementary students around Charlottesville and Albemarle County with math.

"Each kid I'm working with is showing better understanding of learning skills and communication," she said.

Math isn't for everyone, but there is a wide array of subjects volunteers can advise on, including reading and writing. Volunteers list their preference during the application process, but they take their direction each day from an assigned teacher.

Healy can't get enough of the volunteers and appreciates how they always come in prepared to work with a positive attitude, ready to complete each lesson she's assigned.

"Each time I come and work with them, they've gotten better," said Kohler. "They're more receptive to me and listening to what I have to say."

Second grader and math whiz, Jalayah Daniels said, "I've learned like new stuff that I've never learned."

Healy has been participating with Cavs in the Classroom for years and says every single volunteer has been nothing short of awesome.

She added, "I can honestly say this, I've never had someone that's not absolutely incredible."

Cavs in the Classroom operates within the Madison House, which is the official volunteer center for all UVa students.

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