Martin County Library System Press Releases

July 24, 2013

Martin County Community Foundation continues support of “Homework Helpers” program with a $20,000 donation from the Myra Schroeder Fund

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Stuart, FL – The Library Foundation of Martin County is pleased to announce the continuation of their very popular program “Homework Helpers” – thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Myra Schroeder Fund of the Martin County Community Foundation.

This unique program assists children in grades K-12 as well as college students and adult learners. The Library Foundation of Martin County has made it possible to provide staff and volunteers to assist these students with their learning needs. Homework Helpers provides a welcoming and safe environment with one-on-one homework assistance during after-school hours and throughout the summer. Volunteers are trained in the use of all the necessary library resources and technology.

The program is coordinated by Kaleigh Trendell, the Homework Helper Coordinator with the Martin County Library System. Kaleigh is new to the Library System and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University in Family and Child Science. Prior to joining the Library System she taught K-6 grades in Houston, Texas. She currently resides in Stuart with her family. Kaleigh will also be recruiting, training and organizing volunteers, a new element of this successful program.

Jennifer Salas, Youth Services Manager for the Martin County Library System explained, “The donation from the Myra Schroeder Fund allows us to continue this valuable Homework Helpers program. It is so exciting that we can now more effectively use community volunteers to work with the students.”

Priscilla Baldwin, President of the Library Foundation Board of Directors commented that the Homework Helpers program previously had an annual operating cost of $60,000. Reformatting the program with a more efficient use of volunteers can release money in the former budget to expand other adult summer reading programs for literacy. Priscilla continued, “The Homework Helpers program provides vital personal assistance to students, which is so important to their success in school. The Library Foundation is pleased to lend support to the program and we are thrilled to have dedicated volunteers take a more active role in furthering students’ education.”

More volunteers are needed for this meaningful opportunity. The program is seeking 15-20 volunteers who are either retired educators, college students majoring in education, or those who relate well to children. Volunteers serve a minimum of two hours per week and are needed in all six libraries to cover three different shifts of afternoons, evenings and weekends. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Completion of an interview and background screening are required.

Homework Helpers was founded in 1999 and has served an average of 2,000 students and their parents each year.  Volunteers not only help with homework, but also assist with studying for the FCAT, assembling science fair projects and helping with scholarship applications. Interested volunteers can contact Terry Dick at

Photo: Kaleigh Trendell, Homework Helper Coordinator, Martin County Library System; Priscilla Baldwin, president of the Library Foundation Board of Directors; and Jennifer Salas, Youth Services Manager, Martin County Library System, discuss plans for recruiting volunteers for the Homework Helper program provided in all six MCLS libraries.


Submitted by Beverly Jones of BB Jones Communications, Inc.


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