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Big Brother Big Sisters Starts New Program at Clark Elementary

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge is introducing the first "site-based" program to Clark Elementary in Charlottesville.

A site-based program allows mentors to meet kids at school instead of picking them up at home to take them somewhere else. Volunteers will come in once a week and meet with a child for one hour during their lunch and recess time.

Before, volunteers would have to commit 2 to 4 hours a week, after school or on the weekends. Now adults who might not have as much time can still volunteer with a child.

"They would be able to do one-on-one arts and crafts, go outside and play, eat lunch with the little, it's kind of just one-on-one time to build a healthy mentoring relationship and be a friend to that little, " said Central Blue Ridge Program Coordinator, Nekita Shay.

There are 11 new "littles" that are ready to be matched with a big brother or big sister at Clark. The program will start in January after the winter break.

With the expansion of the program, Big Brothers Big Sisters needs 150 new volunteers by the end of this month.  Click here to learn more about volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge.

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