The annual celebration to promote and give thanks for volunteerism is April 23-29 during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Volunteers play a significant role in supporting student success by performing a number of important tasks in the schools they serve. Approximately 40,000 volunteers in the District assist with classroom and school activities and student mentorship.
“It’s so important that we recognize and appreciate our volunteers,” said Debi Elfen, the District’s Volunteer Program Coordinator. “They are giving their time, talents, and resources. Without them, our schools would not run as effectively as they do.”
During this week of appreciation, schools can express their gratitude in a variety of ways. Teachers can have students write short notes or cards, or hang posters in school hallways. Many schools have appreciation breakfasts or luncheons.
Volunteers perform many valuable services. They work in classrooms, in addition to assisting on special events or field trips. Volunteers also work in school front offices, cafeterias, or serve on committees and parent groups. They are business partners, mentors and tutors. They also offer specialized talents they may have in a particular area, such as art or physical education.
“There is very little that volunteers can’t help with,” Elfen said. “Their support also means that students receive individual attention so vitally needed to help them succeed, and teachers have that extra pair of hands and eyes in the classroom.”
Interested in volunteering for the School District? Visit the Volunteers Page for more information, and how to apply.