classroom volunteers

10 Ways to Pump Up Your Volunteer Webpag

VolunteerSpot offers so many useful ideas on how to recruit and how to get the most benefit from volunteers. Go to this link for ideas on how to help get the word out — it’s not to early to start planning your webpage for the fall.

Classroom Yoga Breaks

We are in the thick of classroom yoga. This program is a section in the School Volunteer Handbook, which includes the free CD.   KSL filmed us on Monday, stay tuned for which day at 5 am you can catch it (or maybe I will post the link..) Many thanks to Julie Iorg, our wonderful volunteer yoga teacher who said, “We started today! YEAH! They too are a great school and I feel so lucky to be working with them! All of the teachers and students were so thankful to have the yoga breaks. They were excited and welcoming and each class truly enjoyed the break that we shared ..Thanks Yael for everything. As your yoga breaks are a gift to these children- it is a gift for me to share them!” free breaks on our website! 

Resources for School Volunteers!

There is a wonderful site called The Volunteer Family — a host of resources for folks seeking to strengthen their communities and families.  Please look at this page about Resources for Children and Youth Volunteers for many ideas on how to become a more active volunteer and to help raise awareness in your area. Included are books and many web resources, for example:  http://www.kidscanmakeadifference.org/

 

Help kids get involved in own learning. This new Volunteer Handbook for K-12 Parents & Teachers can help you build a strong, involved volunteer base. Free pages. lilapress.com/NewReleases/New.htm

… a fabulous and thorough resource about volunteering in the classroom.  As a professional and mother, I particularly find the tips for volunteering and the clear presentation of classroom activities extremely useful because I don’t have a lot of time to prepare for these sorts of things.  The innovative science, language arts, visual arts and other activities are terrific and easy to implement.  I highly recommend this book for both parents and teachers.                        ~ Anita Kinney, PhD, Salt Lake City, UT

Make a Difference!

If you are looking for a few good reasons to volunteer in a local school and help someone learn to read or to improve their math skills, The Educational Charity for Children website has some interesting facts to consider

  • 68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma [usdoj.gov]
  • America has 5% of the world’s people , yet it also has 23.6% of the world’s prison population.

A Homework Club Volunteer

South Kingstown, RI has a neat idea —  Homework Club Volunteers. CARES homework clubs provide students with a quiet place to do homework with the support and guidance of a volunteer. The volunteers are from the community, the local university, and parents.  Take a look at more ideas if this seems like it might be a good fit for growing your school volunteer program.  Sometimes a little extra support is all a child needs to succeed!

Help kids manage stress in school

Education is all a matter of building bridges. ~ Ralph Ellison.  Free  5 minute audio yoga breaks for the classroom at www.greentreeyoga.org.  Help students and teachers take a break — and return to learning with more energy, less stress, and a more positive attitude! “Five Minute Yoga Breaks  are enjoyable and help our students focus on their work.  Teachers have said yoga breaks are great when transitioning to the next subject and they help reduce anxiety and stress before a test or quiz.  Yoga Breaks have helped us integrate more movement  throughout our day and reach our goals for Gold Medal Schools andWellness! “ Heidi Kunzler, Principal Uintah Elementary School.   ANYONE can volunteer to teach this in the classrooms, no yoga experience necessary!!  Find out how at greentreeyoga.org.

Easy way to connect with school volunteers

The School Volunteer Association of Bridgeport has some simple ideas on how to connect with volunteers.  An easy to read webpage outlines the volunteer spots available and the application to complete.  It outlines four categories:  Reading Enrichment, Book Buddies, Math/Reading Tutor, and Mentor.  Perhaps your school or district can rally some volunteers with the simple approach to communicating volunteer needs.