The Duck Academy

Ducks provide positive role models and help Fairfield Elementary students with homework, games.

The first 30 minutes of each Duck Academy session is devoted to homework, where UO alumni help future Ducks with their school work.

On the second Wednesday of each month, Fairfield Elementary in Eugene is overrun by a boisterous horde that descends upon its classrooms to play games, do arts and crafts, and read books.

Oh, and share with Fairfield’s students the lessons they’ve learned since graduating from their own elementary schools decades earlier.

At the Duck Academy, former University of Oregon students help third- through fifth-grade students at Fairfield Elementary with their homework, and then lead the kids in any one of a number of fun activities. The older Ducks join the future Ducks in games, gym time, arts and crafts, woodwork, reading, music, or anything else the volunteers’ interests and skill sets will allow.

Ducks play games and take part in activities
with Fairfield Elementary students.

More than just an opportunity for Ducks to unleash their inner children for two hours once each month, the Duck Academy provides positive role models and mentors for students living in an area of Eugene where 82 percent of children entering kindergarten do not meet the early literacy benchmark.

“Duck Academy provides our students with an after school opportunity to receive homework help and participate in enrichment activities led by UOAA volunteers,” said Fairfield Elementary Principal Jenny Sink. “Our kids look forward to each month’s Duck Academy with great anticipation of who might be the new mystery guest and which activities will be offered. The fact that our volunteers are so dedicated to our Fairfield kids makes Duck Academy the successful monthly event that it is.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Duck Academy, call 800-245-ALUM or click here. Volunteers need to pass a criminal background check, and can download the form here.