Needing A BOOST Of Volunteerism

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- A program aimed at helping South Mississippi students is need of volunteers.

'Building Our Skills Together' or BOOST is a reading program in the Gulfport School District.

"We really have a waiting list in the classes and so the more people that will come and volunteer, the more children we can service," says Martha Bond, coordinator of BOOST

Since Hurricane Katrina, Bond says the number of volunteers has decreased but the number of students in need of help is still growing. That's why school leaders are issuing a call of help to people across South Mississippi.

"Children are our future and it takes everyone in the community and those outside the community to make sure that the children are prepared for the future," says Gaston Point Principal Dr. Wanda Bradley.

Volunteers are only required to attend one 30 minute session, once a week. It's a commitment Norah Bryant has met for more than seven years.

"Once you start this program, you get hooked," Bryant said.

Bryant helps students for an hour and a half, four days a week.

"The fact that you come and that child sees that you devote your time specifically to them for that small period of time makes a huge difference in their lives," said Bryant.

Now she's hoping others will take note of her spirit of volunteerism.

The BOOST program is in most Gulfport Elementary Schools. You can call the front office of the school, for more information on the program.