Friday, January 7, 2011

Volunteer: Gene Roddenberry Planetarium Docent Program needs your help

From the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium staff:

Greetings from the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium!

As you may know, we have recently started a docent program to help our student planetarium visitors get more out of their visit to our facility.

Unfortunately we have not been as successful as we had hoped in attracting volunteers to be docents. So, we are turning to our EPISD family in hope that maybe you know someone that might be interested in becoming a docent at the planetarium.

The workload is easy, the time commitment is small, and the satisfaction is great.
Docents guide students through the exhibits as well as help planetarium personnel with crowd control. Docents do not have to be "scientists." They just have to love helping our students learn and helping the community grow.

The Gene Roddenberry Planetarium host shows throughout the school year, and has shown more than 1 million students in the El Paso area the wonders of the universe in its 41 years of operation. Prospective docents do not have to have a background in astronomy or science in order to be part of the program.

Planetarium docents will help students understand the exhibits of the planetarium as well as help with questions regarding planetarium programs. Docents will assist in the planetarium during the days that classes are visiting. Typically, there are three shows a day during the school year. Docents may volunteer for all day sessions, or partial days. The schedule is very flexible. Volunteers will be part of the EPISD Volunteer in Public Schools program, and will have to go through proper screening prior to becoming part of the program.

This is a tremendous opportunity for organizations that have to meet community service hours or even retirees with a little time to spare. We are hoping that you can help spread the word, and that you may know of a person or group that could help with our program.

For more information, please have your prospective volunteers contact Andy Quintana @ 587-1172.

Or, you can direct them to our online volunteer sign up at:

Thank you for your time!

Tim Holt
Director of Instructional Technology

Cory Stone
Planetarium Program Manager

Andy Quintana
Planetarium Docent Coordinator

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