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    Celebrating National Volunteer Week
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    Help Seattle Public Schools Honor Volunteers on National Volunteer Week!

    Did you know that as many as 25,000 individuals volunteer in schools across our district annually? Parents, community volunteers and partners serving Seattle Public Schools students play an important role in our efforts to ensure educational excellence and eliminate opportunity gaps.

    Mon., April 16 kicks off National Volunteer Week. Volunteers are a critical part of the Seattle Public Schools community! Thanks for all you do!

    Volunteering at a Local School

    Ms. Mulder and Reny Mathan with kindergartnersReny Mathan is an example of how Seattle Public Schools volunteers are helping students be successful. In Fall 2017, Reny made a commitment to volunteer for 40 hours at Northgate Elementary. Mrs. Mulder’s kindergarten classroom (pictured here) is one of the rooms Reny volunteers in.

    Reny selected a Title 1 eligible school for service to ensure her efforts would make difference. At Title 1 eligible schools, 70 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Once she experienced the difference her extra help in the classroom made, she decided to keep going past her original commitment:

    “Volunteering at Northgate Elementary gave me an opportunity to put my efforts where I felt they were needed and appreciated, and where I could feel I was making a difference, whether it be helping teachers with class prep or students with learning.”

    Volunteering with an Organization 

    City Year volunteers pose for a photoIt takes a large, diverse network of incredible partners to support every student, in every classroom, every day. City Year volunteers (pictured here) are one example. 

    Communities In Schools of Seattle, UW Pipeline Project and City Year are just three of many community organizations providing academic, enrichment and health programming at Denny International Middle School.

    Assistant Principal Lisa Moland and her dedicated team live by the school’s motto “We All Belong” by cultivating relationships with South West Seattle’s diverse communities. This important work results in programs that reflect the rich culture of Denny scholars and ensures their academic and social emotional growth and success. Learn how you can help our students succeed by volunteering with one of our community partners by visiting our volunteer opportunities webpage

    Visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see more stories and celebrations of our volunteer community. We will highlight successful collaborations between educators and volunteers, schools, PTSAs and community partners. We hope stories we share inspire you to visit our volunteer webpage and consider volunteering at your neighborhood school.