Week of: July 9, 2012
Leander ISD is blessed to have a growing number of parents and community members who support education by serving as volunteers each school year. In fact, in 2011-2012, our students’ educational experiences were deepened through the efforts of more than 12,500 LISD volunteers at 36 campuses, donating more than 273,000 hours of their time, and demonstrating the importance of education to a generation of impressionable students.
This year the theme for the volunteer program is “Together Everyone Achieves More”, which reminds us that we are all dedicated to student learning.
If you are interested in volunteering in LISD schools for the first time, you might have some questions about what it means to be a volunteer. I would like to briefly address some common questions and remind you that now is a great time to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the TEAM!
How do I become a volunteer?
All LISD volunteers must complete an online volunteer application and criminal record check. Returning volunteers must renew their application as well. On the application you will have the opportunity to list your skills, interests and preferred school location, grade level and type of volunteer service.
How do I find out what volunteer opportunities are available?
Each campus has a volunteer coordinator who helps work with campus leadership to ensure volunteers serve in a way that benefits students most. That being said, a volunteer’s tasks are limitless, including such things as tutoring and mentoring students, chaperoning school dances and field trips, serving as room parents, helping with field day and book fairs, serving Thanksgiving lunches, stuffing of weekly take-home folders, helping with class projects, laminating, and helping in the campus office. The list is endless, and we know that each of our volunteers contributes to student learning.
I'd like to volunteer, but I can't offer my services on a regular basis. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! You may be a special-activity volunteer who is involved with special school projects. This time commitment for the volunteer job depends on the specific project. You can also work from home (i.e. phone calls, cutting, coloring, etc).
Where do I find information on the volunteer program?
Please select the Community tab and click the volunteer program link to view the volunteer page. On the LISD volunteer page, you can find more frequently asked questions, the volunteer handbook, and the link to the online application.
We believe that the volunteer program is a vital part of the district’s purpose to educate all students to their highest level of academic performance while fostering self-esteem and responsibility. As a volunteer, your presence in our schools demonstrates a commitment to quality education. By spending time on a campus, students see that you support their school and its programs. Volunteers encourage learning and build important relationships with teachers and staff. Working together, they help mold a child’s confidence and attitude toward school.
The volunteer program succeeds in LISD because teachers and volunteers work hand-in-hand and have a trusting and open partnership. Volunteers are quick to take on tasks to free up teachers so they can spend more time directly with students. Campus staff are given more time to focus on student achievement because volunteers help in so many small ways. Often teachers say that they wouldn’t know what to do without their wonderful volunteers because they have become such an integral part of LISD’s system.
To all volunteers who served in LISD last year, thank you! I encourage you to sign up again this year. Or, if this is your first year in LISD, we invite you to fill out an application to volunteer. The contributions you make to the students of LISD are very much appreciated by the Board of Trustees, campus personnel and me. LISD’s volunteer program is the envy of other districts across the state because it is people like you who help make our district a great place for students to learn.
Thank you for being a part of the team – and remember, together everyone achieves more!