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Volunteer Opportunities

We want you to volunteer at Schenk.  You are a valuable part that makes our school successful and productive.  We hope you consider volunteering here at Schenk.

When you become a volunteer, your work takes on special significance -- though you are not part of the staff, you do share the same responsibilities of keeping students safe. School volunteers may be parents or community members. Volunteers can be utilized in a variety of situations in schools, ranging from one time only events to monthly, weekly or daily commitments. They may provide tutorial help, monitor lunchrooms, assist in the libraries, lunchrooms or playgrounds.

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR) are using an automated volunteer management program called Volunteer Tracker where you will be able to select schools where you wish to serve and identify activities that you would like to participate in when volunteering. Also, using the Log My Time feature in Volunteer Tracker, you will be amazed at the number of hours that you contribute to schools. Register today in the MMSD/MSCR Volunteer Tracker program!

To enroll:

Contact the appropriate contact person and fill out MMSD's volunteer application.  

Literacy Tutor

Position Purpose: Volunteers are matched 1:1 with a student to work on literacy skills. Volunteer tutors work with students consistently throughout the semester or year on literacy. The purpose of this position is to help support literacy skills to ensure that students are successful learners. Specific reading resources and curriculum will be provided by the supervising teacher.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers are matched 1:1 with a student to engage in reading activities.

  • Dedicate at least an hour a week to tutor.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes - 1 hour per week or more, Monday - Friday, mornings and afternoons during the Literacy Block

Contact: Schools of Hope Tutor Coordinator

Healthy Snack Prep

Position Purpose: Healthy snacks of fruit and vegetables are delivered to Schenk Elementary every Tuesday - Friday. Volunteers are needed to put the snacks into classroom bins. Students will deliver to each classroom.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Put snacks into classroom bins for distribution.

  • Follow healthy and safe food handling protocol.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes - 1 hour per week or more, Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Principal

Classroom Assistant

Position Purpose: Volunteers serving as General Classroom Assistants are an extra set of hands for the classroom teacher.

Volunteers will complete a wide range of duties which are likely to vary from day to day.  Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • creating bulletin board displays

  • photocopying materials

  • collating

  • prepping project materials

  • sorting or organizing classroom materials

  • reading with students

  • working with small groups of students

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 8:15 - 3:45 p.m. - Flexible times; A weekly commitment is preferred.

Contact: Classroom Teacher

Librarian Assistant

Position Purpose: Volunteers serving as Library Assistants are an extra set of hands for the library teachers.

Volunteers will complete a various duties.  Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • creating bulletin board displays

  • shelving books

  • labeling books

  • checking-in books

  • checking-in laptops

  • reading with students

  • working with small groups of students

  • support creating art, technology, and building with students in Makerspace

  • Contact: Library Teachers, Ms. Sam Skar and/or Ms. Eileen Kennedy 

Field Trip Chaperone

Position Purpose: The Field Trip Chaperone allows the teacher to design a field trip to meet the needs of the classroom/students (large group or small group break outs). The Field Trip Chaperone are another responsible adult and extension of the school community who provides support to the teacher and students.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Arrive on time;

  • Efficiently manage small groups of students;

  • ability to follow directions of the field trip coordination or field trip location (ie the zoo staff, the planetarium staff);

  • follow protocols and safety guidelines of the transportation and help students in your group to follow the safety guidelines.

  • No volunteers should ever be escorting students alone to the bathroom.

Time Commitment: Occasionally, as needed. During the school day between the hours of 7:45a.m. - 2:30p.m., during the school calendar (September - June with increased times of October, November, May and June)

Contact: Classroom Teacher

One-Time Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions to help make these the School and PTO events successful: set-up, take down, food preparation, food service, solicit donations, leading activities

  • Picture Day

  • Field Day

  • Read Your Heart Out

  • Academic Success Nights

The Schenk community hosts a number of valuable family and community engagement events throughout the year and welcome volunteers.