What could be more rewarding than sharing the exciting world of math and reading with children?

West Virginia Universitys Office of Service Learning Programs is seeking enthusiastic teachers and volunteers to bring their time and talent to the Kaleidoscope Community Learning Center Program in Monongalia County.

Whether youre a teacher or an education major, heres a wonderful way to give back to the community while at the same time passing along important skills to children, WVU graduate assistant Julia Kisner said.

Kaleidoscope, an after-school program for students in third through fifth grade, has sites at Brookhaven, Cass, Mason-Dixon, Mountainview, North and Riverside elementary schoolsplus community sites at the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club and the Rock Forge Neighborhood House.

Teachers are needed to tutor children from 2-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the school year. Ten to 16 paid positions are available at an hourly rate of $8-10 dependent on education and certification.

This is a great opportunity,said Amanda Emery, another WVU graduate assistant who is involved with the program.We require eight hours a week. Certified teachers are preferred, but junior and senior education majors are welcome to apply.

Hiring begins immediately. Several volunteer positions are also available, she added. Service-learning students who are passionate about kids are encouraged to get involved.

Kaleidoscope is funded through a Benedum grant. The program offers a variety of academic enrichment and recreational activities for area youth, including Lego Labs, Reading Explorers Club, Spanish, unicycling, electric guitar and more.

The after-school program first opened at three middle school sites in 1999. Since then, it has expanded to six school locations, serving hundreds of students annually.

For more information about teaching and volunteer positions, Kisner and Emery may be reached at 304-291-9258 or 304-284-9399. Kaleidoscope on the Net:http://boe.mono.k12.wv.us/Programs/Kaleidoscope/.