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Connecticut Officials Thank School Volunteers Helping During COVID Crisis

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The head of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents praised the many volunteers coming in to help students in classrooms across the state. That’s after officials launched a campaign last week asking residents to step up to help keep schools staffed and safe.

Executive Director Fran Rabinowitz said the volunteers have assisted teachers who are working remotely.

"I absolutely believe that there are silver linings in COVID and one of them is all of the people coming forward to volunteer to work with our students in the schools," Rabinowitz said.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont called on residents to volunteer in schools and healthcare centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. A growing number of workers in both sectors have experienced burnout.

Lamont said volunteers are still needed to keep classrooms safe.

“I am so proud that compared to all my neighboring states, Connecticut, your child is more likely to have an opportunity for in-classroom education than anywhere else in the Northeast,” Lamont said.

The state introduced its Step Up Connecticut campaign last week, where residents can help assist essential workers from a paid and volunteer basis.