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Ties (Together Including Every Student)

TIES Program:  The TIES program (Together Including Every Student) is available to students in the Elmira City School District.  TIES matches student volunteers in grades 8-12 with children and young adults ages 8-21 who have developmental disabilities.

TIES is designed to benefit everyone involved. The program gives students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in extracurricular and community activities.  The volunteers will gain invaluable experience helping people and will learn about dealing with diverse abilities.

Volunteers are needed to attend activities with their partners such as Girl Scout meetings, afterschool clubs, swimming, YWCA and YMCA programs, and other recreational programs. 

This is a great opportunity for students interested in careers in education, psychology, social work or nursing, or for those who simply want to make a positive difference in their community.  Volunteer applications are available in the guidance offices at Elmira Free Academy, Southside High School, Ernie Davis Middle School and Broadway Middle School.


The district's TIES Coordinator is John Wood.  He can be reached at (607) 735-3015 or  The TIES Coordinator is Christine Melens and can be reached at (607) 735-3200 ext. 5734 or 




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