District leaders set aside time during the second week of April to recognize and tabulate the efforts of the parent, teacher, and student volunteers. The district reports 16,076 volunteers put in 284,900 hours of work each year.
A district spokesperson broke it down this way:
- 10,371 volunteers have contributed over 191,700 hours of work to support students and staff in our elementary, middle and high schools through the Volunteer Services program.
- 5,516 students provided 81,997 hours of service to local and global service projects through the Youth Service program.
- 189 volunteers dedicated 11,169 hours of time to adult learners in our adult basic education (ABE) program, Metro North ABE.
“Volunteers do a multitude of things throughout our school district, whether it’s leading a reading group, helping out at a carnival, coming to any event the school is hosting, or supporting volunteers in our adult basic education program,” said Parent Involvement Coordinator Liz Burgard. “Volunteers are doing a wide range of things every day in our schools to help our students succeed.”
Burgard said students themselves are also contributing to the success; she said high school students volunteer in elementary schools and elsewhere.
The district didn’t have any formal celebration or recognition for volunteers this week. Burgard said individual schools may choose to honor volunteers with specific events nearer the end of the school year.