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    Celebrating Public School Volunteer Week

    April 19 - 25 is Public School Volunteer Week. Formally and informally, Seattle Public School families have been volunteering this school year by helping students access learning, taking care of families who needed food and rent assistance, and by standing up against racial injustices the pandemic amplified.

     

    Seattle Musician Zoser Dedicates a Performance to Volunteers 

    Since we can’t get together to thank volunteers in person, we asked one of our recent graduates to perform a song SPS volunteers could enjoy from home. Zoser is a singer/songwriter and music bender with a soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics, and a guitar. We hope you enjoy this special performance!

    “Canvas” by Zoser from Seattle Public Schools (SPSTV) VimeoFor more music by Zoser, please visit his website.

     

    Celebrating SPS Volunteers

    Below are powerful examples of family and community volunteers taking action to support SPS students during the pandemic. For a deeper look at the impact volunteers make at SPS, click here.

     

    Virtual volunteers

    • Last spring, Family Tech Support Volunteers helped 750 SPS families set up their in-home devices to connect their students to online learning. This effort launched a new Digital Equity initiative at SPS and was recognized by the Seattle Times

    Family Tech Support volunteer

    SPS Family Tech Support Center volunteer Shiva Thudi
    • Biology major Briana Del Rosario along with other UW Riverways volunteers support remote classrooms in Title I schools. All her students loved learning from Briana, and the classroom teacher noted that Briana made an especially strong connection with Spanish-speaking students and students of color. This positive volunteer experience in her senior year inspired Briana to pursue a career in education!

    Volunteer photographed with her dog

    • As a former educator, Danielle Pulliam knew how hard online teaching and learning was going to be. She was eager to support teachers and students and did not give up despite initial remote volunteering access challenges. Her involvement has been invaluable - she volunteers her time and teaching skills to lead small virtual reading groups for early learners.

    Olympic Hills volunteer

     

    Hands-on support

    • Kristina Bernhardt has been delivering school meals every day since October to food-insecure families living in a shelter for Deaf and hard of hearing survivors of abuse. She also supported the greater Seattle community this year by volunteering at a COVID vaccination site. 

    Volunteers in front of the car

    • Anela Deisler helps with the distribution of school supplies for students - this ensures every single child feels cared for and connected to their learning community. Additionally, she has been volunteering on the Social Justice Curriculum Committee helping develop and support anti-racist, social justice curriculum.

     Olympic Hills volunteer Anela

     

    Fundraising for basic needs

    • Matt Jamin took up tutoring at the Seattle World School when he retired. In 2017, he and other long-time volunteers started a fund to fill gaps PTSAs in other schools focus on – field trips, technology, etc. During COVID, the Seattle World School Fund tripled its fundraising efforts to directly assist immigrant and refugee families with rent and groceries.

    Seattle Wolrd School Students

    Learn more about these exceptional volunteers here.

    Who are the unsung heroes in your school community? Please share how families and community members in your school supported each other during this challenging year on social media with #SPSConnects and tag us @SeattlePublicSchools on Facebook and Instagram and @SeaPubSchools on Twitter.