The APPLE (Adults Providing Positive Learning Experiences) Program places screened adult volunteers in classrooms of their choice in Santa Maria, Nipomo Elementary School, Orcutt, Guadalupe and Lompoc area elementary schools. All volunteers undergo tuberculosis testing and fingerprinting prior to placement. The volunteers, mostly seniors, spend a few hours each week in the classroom mentoring students and helping them with reading and math skills. Through this interaction, children are given the chance to grow both academically and emotionally, while seniors have the opportunity to fill an emotional need that may otherwise go unmet. Volunteers who have been with a class for three or more months can request a mini grant of $150 to $200 from GenSpan to use toward books, field trips, or anything else that the class may need. Each volunteer can apply for a total of one mini grant per year.