Project Appleseed's 20th annual celebration, held on the third week in April 16-20, 2018
Project Appleseed appreciates America's dedicated parent volunteers and honors their contributions to our schools during Public School Volunteer Week. From donating time to assisting with classroom and school activities, parent volunteers play an important role in our schools. When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits.
Public School Volunteer Week April 16-20, 2018, provides a yearly opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success. However, parental involvement shouldn’t be confined to just one day – it should be emphasized all year long. Below are some ideas on how you can get involved in your student’s learning on National Parent Involvement Day, or any day of the year.
Schools are encouraged to host a new event on - or move an existing event to - Public School Volunteer Week, to honor parents. Issue a Proclamation! Ask your superintendent, school board, mayor, city council, state representative or governor to issue a proclamation celebrating Public School Volunteer Week. Highlight the value of parental involvement in your schools and let us know about your efforts! Here are some examples from our previous celebrations below.
Start Planning 2018 Now!
1. Get Ready. Our national celebrations of family engagement in schools - calls upon parents, grandparents and caring adults to assist teachers and staff with the day-to-day activities involved in providing a balanced education and nutrition for our students. Schools should engage parents, grandparents and caring adults as an important part of a team that strives to ensure that each and every student succeed.
2. Get Your Team. It's About Teamwork! Working together with employers, employees, parents, mentors, and educators are key to creating a successful day that strengthens the connection between education and home, between parents and their children.
3. Get Inspired. The most important and most effective way to get the word out about your celebration is to use it in all parts of your school program. Make Project Appleseed's signature event an integral point of reference for all that you do at your school. In this way, all partners will understand how their commitments and their actions contribute to improved student learning and high achievement for all students.
Here are four ways you can make your Parental Involvement Pledge count.
Rockwood Recognizes Public School Volunteer Week
Public School Volunteer Week is April 17-21. The Rockwood school community appreciates our devoted volunteers who help assist with classroom and school activities and ensure success for our students.
Thank you to all the school volunteers! We asked our school-level Teachers of the Year how volunteers make a difference in classrooms. Here is what they had to say:
"Education is at its best when parents, teachers, and students are all partners in learning. Parents provide essential insight into their student and help all celebrate the gifts each learner brings to the classroom. Parents bring their own experience, expertise, and passion when working in the schools and ultimately make us stronger as a community. Whether serving as a classroom speaker about careers, dedicating time to the school store, cheering on students during extracurricular activities, or communicating during parent-teacher conferences, parents make invaluable connections with students and staff, show pride for our district, and truly make Rockwood great."
Language Arts teacher, Marquette High
High School Teacher of the Year
"Parents are a vital part of the school community both inside and outside of the classroom. When parents contribute to the community, they are offering the gift of their time to truly inspire students and to help grow the school family that they are a part of. Without our parent volunteers, some doors for our students may have never been opened. They facilitate so many memories that our students will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Thank goodness for our volunteers!"
Math teacher, LaSalle Springs Middle
Middle School Teacher of the Year
"Happy Public School Volunteer Week! We're excited to celebrate our committed volunteers during this very special time! In addition to the hours of cutting and copying, these dedicated parents work alongside classroom teachers, reducing the student to teacher ratio. This allows teachers to create small groups and target specific needs of students. Our volunteers are making significant impacts socially as well. They develop role model relationships, provide children a chance to communicate with other adults, and share cultural diversity. These experiences foster a deeper, trusting connection that encourages students to take risks and deepen their growth, academically and socially."
Library Media Specialist, Ridge Meadows Elem.
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Francis Howell School District Celebrates Volunteers during Public School Volunteer Week April 17-21
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will celebrate volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 17-21. FHSD would like to thank all of our volunteers for dedicating thousands of hours to our students and schools. Through their continued commitment, they help make our schools a great place for students to learn and grow.
FHSD volunteers generously give their time every school year to improve the academic, cultural, and athletic environments through tutoring, mentoring, and parent involvement programs. Volunteers are called upon to provide their skills and ideas in our learning communities and day-to-day activities as chaperones, club leaders, sponsors, tutors, mentors, classroom aides, coaches, and much more.
FHSD celebrates our school volunteers this week for offering their time and encouragement with the ultimate goal of helping all students achieve. Help us celebrate Public School Volunteer Week by thanking your school volunteers for their service. If you are a parent/guardian who would like to join the ranks of school volunteers, please contact your local school to inquire on how you can help your student and school by volunteering.
For more information, please visit FHSD's Volunteer website.
Number of Volunteers Continues to Rise, But So Does Need
Olathe, KS - Public School Volunteer Week was the perfect time to recognize the hundreds of community volunteers and partners who participate in the district's Youth Mentors, Seniors Serving Schools, Rotary Readers, and Adopt-a-School programs. Some of those programs date back 20 years or so, while others are more recent additions, but all have one thing in common: dedicated volunteers.
Not only is the number of volunteers going up, so is the amount of time they've devoted to helping students and staff across the district. Schoonover noted there were 18,963 volunteer hours on record from July 1, 2015 through March 31 this year. "This is up 3,582 hours from last year," she said. "If you put a value to all of our volunteer hours from the Points of Light / Independent Sector calculator that would be a donation to the district of $417,565. More....
Changing lives: Parent volunteers her time to school district
San Benito - Rosa Gomez’s children have already grown up and left the house. But that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to volunteer within the San Benito school district. As a parent volunteer she goes to different cam-puses and helps with office duties. She also has been president of the Parent Teacher Association and heavily involved with the band boosters.
Ever since her first son, who is now 52 years old, entered school, Gomez has been an active parent volunteer in the district. “It’s been a long time,” she said. She says her passion for volunteering comes from her need to be informed about what is going on in the district. More....