Great Start Summer 2014

Hello First Church Volunteers,


We at Side by Side are gearing up for the fall sessions of Great Start at Laurel Elementary School.  We’d like to add more of you from First Church of Laurel who may be interested in helping us with this mission!

Volunteers work with other volunteers from our church and from St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday nights.  The hours for your service would be from 5:30 pm until  about 8:15 pm.  Your job would be to assist with registration, and/or meal set up and serving, and/or helping supervise children ages 3-8 while their parents are attending workshops on how to help their school-aged children do even better at school. You can help at some or all of the workshops scheduled.

All volunteers, out of high school and older, must undertake a complete background check sponsored by Inquiries, Inc. in order to work with us in Prince George’s County Public Schools.  The cost is $61.07.  Side by Side is sponsoring a background check session at Deerfield Run Elementary School on Thursday, August 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm If you can participate in this screening session, you will be ready to volunteer for this school year and not have to wait for a later one or go to Upper Marlboro to the School Board site to get one.  If you would like to volunteer at the Great Starts but cannot donate the cost of your background check to Side by Side, we can cover those costs for you since you will be volunteering with us on the dates below:


Here are the dates for the WEDNESDAYS of Laurel Elementary’s program:

October 8

October 15

October 22

October 29

November 5

November 12


Winter session: Feb. 11

Spring (final) session:  May 20


If you are interested in volunteering with us and have not been screened before as one of our volunteers, please contact Jane Hanfman at 410-772-8424 or at as soon as possible to let us know of your interest.  We must have your name on our list for the August 21st screening session at least one week before (by August 14th).

We look forward to volunteering with you on behalf of our church and Side by Side in Laurel.  God’s children and families await us!



Jane Hanfman

Side by Side Board secretary

Member, FUMCL