By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville community school has installed a new program called the Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP).
This program provides an opportunity for social security eligible senior citizens, age 62 or older that own a home and reside within the boundaries of the Boyceville Community School District, to participate in assisting with activities in the school for a property tax credit.
In exchange for hours of participation, qualifying applicants will earn a maximum property tax credit of $429.00 (not to exceed 59 hours in a school year at $7.25 per hour).
The program benefits do extend beyond property tax relief for the senior citizens to students, school staff and into the community.
In addition to tax relief, participants will have the opportunity to share their talents, gain an intergenerational experience and make a difference in the lives of students.
Students will gain an appreciation for the valuable contributions that senior citizens make to the community. They will also have a chance to establish a relationship with a positive role model, providing them with increased social and emotional support.
STEP positions may be short-term or long-term based on need. Participants might tutor students during the school day or in after-school programs, read to or with a child, help prepare special projects, assist with computers or chaperone field trips. The list is endless based on the skills and talents of the participants.
For those who are interested, the first step is to complete a STEP application, which is available on the school’s website under the community education tab and in the school’s district office.