What is STEP? The Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP) provides an opportunity for senior citizens/retirees to work in the schools in exchange for a property tax credit.
Who is eligible? Retirees age 62 or older who own a Darlington home, and pay Darlington School District property taxes are eligible to apply.
How much is the tax credit? In exchange for a maximum of 100 hours of work per year, approved applicants will earn a property tax credit of $500 annually.
Program benefits: Program benefits extend beyond property tax relief for the senior citizen/retiree -- to students, school staff and into the community. In addition to providing senior citizens with tax relief, workers will have the opportunity to share their talents, gain an intergenerational experience, and make a difference in a student's life. Students will gain an appreciation for the valuable contributions that senior citizens make to the community, and have a chance to establish a relationship with a positive role model providing them with increased social and emotional support. Above and beyond another set of hands, teachers will appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate the many positive things happening in our schools on a day-to-day basis.
What is expected of a STEP worker? STEP positions may be short-term or long-term based on need. Workers 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, act as a crossing guard, or help with office projects. The list is endless based on the skills and talents of our workers.
I'm interested, how can I get started? The first step is to complete a STEP application available for download below or by contacting the District Office at 608-776-2006, option 3. Teachers will be asked to identify areas where they need help, and then we will match the volunteers based on their skills and talents. See the links below for more information.