Big Bear Valley, CA, July 13, 2010, 12:34pm – The Big Bear Valley Education Trust, in collaboration with The Lighthouse Project, are working together to help support our local schools.  Their goal is to help assist the students and teachers at this critical time when the California economy has brought about a funding crisis in our school system.  According to Liz Harris, Board Member and creator of the Big Bear Valley Education Trust, “we can’t depend on the state to provide for our children.”  The Board has developed a volunteer program and are looking for people who can commit to volunteer in the classroom for 2 hours a day, 2 days a week for one five-month semester.  Volunteers will be fully trained.  Grade levels that will benefit from this program are Kinder through 8th grade.  This opportunity is open to all Valley residents in an effort to extend the circle out into the community beyond parents who are already volunteering in the schools as their time permits.  The purpose of the program is to improve the adult to student ratio in the classroom and to utilize the skills and gifts a mentor can share with our Big Bear Valley youth.  Additional volunteers will work as a liaison between the teachers and the volunteer to ensure the program’s success.  A minimum total of 50 adult volunteers are needed to support the schools involved in this program.  If you are interested in helping children and our school system, you can contact Liz Harris at 744-2213.  The submission deadline is August 8th.