School Volunteer Ideas

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! 

Say Thank You!

It’s important to remember to say thank you to both the teacher and the volunteers in a school.  It can be simple and easy.  Remember the last time someone thanked you for your efforts? How did it make you feel?  And when no one remembered to extend the simple thanks, were you inclined to give more?  With that in mind, go to this PTO site for some easy ideas on how to thank a teacher or volunteer at the end of the year.  Start planning now and get others involved if you can!  You can download the revised Vol and Teacher appreciation toolkit. 


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.

… 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

It’s so simple … yet we might forget ~

Angela Maiers has written another good article, Twelve Things Kids Want From Their Teachers, that helps us to remember or to explore what’s important to our students.  Such simple things as greet me each day, give me your attention, ask about me, demand of me, and let me ask questions.  She queried her students year after year and found these ideas, and more, to be what students want. Take a look and fine tune your teaching and volunteering skills!

It’s as easy as …

It’s a useful guiding principle — keep it simple!  So when you need a volunteer to do a specific job, let folks know exactly what the job is, the time commitment, and any other pertinent details.  Keep it simple — give contact information for more details.  Cambridge, MA has a good example of this technique on their webpage.

School Volunteers and Business

Here’s a good article on a business school partnership in Detroit, “Adopt-a-School Volunteers Get Training”  If you want some ideas on how to partner with local businesses, you may find them in this article.  A variety of ways include mentoring, tutoring, service projects, and interships.  Businesses bring different strengths to the process of community building.  It’s heartening to see folks working together to address these critical issues:  how to use resources well to educate our kids.

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!

What matters to kids as you volunteer