Volunteers Serving Schools
The Olathe Public Schools volunteer program, Volunteers Serving Schools, has many opportunities for adults who want to support the classroom or serve as positive role models. Volunteers Serving Schools connects adult volunteers to activities such as classroom helper, lunch buddy, reading or math tutor, after-school homework helper, mentor, and special projects. Olathe's volunteer program brings the community into the classroom. Typically, adults meet with students one-on-one or help in a classroom once a week.
There are students at each grade level who are on a waiting list to connect with an adult mentor or who need tutoring support. Volunteers and schools work together to schedule the best volunteer time such as during lunch or a class period.
Classroom helpers assist teachers as needed whether it be helping students in a small group setting with reading, math and spelling or assisting teachers with bulletin boards, cutting, making packets, copying, and much more.
Community Liaison Heather Schoonover said volunteers help students meet their academic and personal goals as well as assist teachers with classroom needs.
The volunteer department offers training during the school year for adults who have applied and been accepted into the program. A background check is completed for each applicant.
Highlights of the program:
- The 2015-16 school year had 548 volunteers contributing more than 21,232 hours of service to Olathe schools.
- A pen pal program called Script Pals pairs volunteers with elementary students.
- Living history volunteers make school presentations on history, psychology and their own experiences relating to significant periods of American history.
- The original volunteer program was Seniors Serving Schools and received the 1999 Olathe Community Pride Award from the City of Olathe. The award recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that enhance the image of Olathe.
- The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force presented the group with a Certificate of Merit in the Friends of Education Awards for 2001.
- The Rotary Readers program involves about 20 Olathe Rotary Club members reading to small groups of elementary students.
For more information about Volunteers Serving Schools, please contact Pam Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 780-8233. An online volunteer application is required. (Note: The online application is available through our software provider.)
Volunteers assist in our schools in many ways including as after-school homework helpers.
School volunteers are, above all else, positive role models for our students of all ages.