Student Interested in Volunteering?
Check out the site,
for volunteer opportunities. Some ideas would be helping at the
local animal shelters, at a hospital (all have volunteer offices that
you can ask for when you call), church nurseries, museums, convalescent
and rehab centers, etc.
If your teen has some
entrepreneurial spirit, they might want to
organize a neighborhood clean up group to fill trash bags and top the
effort off with a cookout! Or maybe devise a small carnival for
the younger children in the neighborhood. This type of activity
shows initiative and has the important side effect of looking impressive
on a college application! (Remember the lemonade stands when they
Are you in need of support
as you embark on this crazy journey of parenting a teen? Did you know
that you are eligible for four free sessions with Anna Gaskin, parent
educator with Hanover County Community Services? She can help you
with parenting advice, or just be a listening ear. She also can refer
you to other professionals if necessary. Her contact number is
Job openings, as well as
the entire Hanover County Career Guide, are listed at
Your login ID is "careers";
Password is "Hanover"
Financial Aid Assistance
UVA's ACCESS plan is
an innovative program to lessen the financial burden on parents of
college students. ACCESS offers loan-free packages for low-income
students, caps on need-based loans for all other students, and a
commitment to meet 100% of need for every student. UVA considers
all admitted students for AccessUVa awards based on the FAFSA and the
University Financial Aid application.
Tips for Visiting Colleges!
Tip: Generally whenever there is a student
holiday, that is a good day to schedule a visit to a college or
Plan your trip! Call
the admissions office to register and find out about tour times,
location of start of tour, where to park, etc.
your student wishes to visit a class, inquire about that also.
Also, ask about a possible overnight stay. Students I have talked to
say it helped them make a decision about which schools to apply to.
Plan to eat on campus; many admissions offices give out vouchers for
the dining hall to prospective students.
Try not to
give your opinion about the school until your student
has given theirs.
Give them time to process all
they have seen that day. It can be overwhelming; they often are not
ready to voice their opinion on a college until a day or two has
Do ask them, though, to write down their
impressions in a notebook on the way home. This is for their
use...to help their memory after visiting several schools.
MOST of all, enjoy this time with your teen!
Are You a Parent of a current Ninth
The Career Counselor will work with the freshmen in the computer lab on the Discover
program. Discover is a large data base of information
on occupations, schools, job search (resumes, cover letters,
interviews, etc.), and inventories.
calendar to see
a list of upcoming events.