1619 Program Classroom Buddies

The Education Action Circle, an offshoot of the 1619 Project presented at Plymouth earlier this year, is launching a “Classroom Buddy” program to aid elementary school students and assist teachers in the Des Moines Public Schools system. The initial focus is a partnership with Findley Elementary, but we are working to partner with other schools as well.

Volunteers are sought who can commit a few hours per week assisting in the classroom as needed by teachers, including such activities as classroom set-up, helping students with assignments or reading, or being a supportive adult for students in need of attention. The time commitment is flexible and alternating weeks with other volunteers is possible. The program is slated to begin with the beginning of second semester in January 2023, but later start dates for volunteers are acceptable. Background checks are required for this program. For more information or if you are interested, please contact Kelvin Sederburg at 515.478.0030 or