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Schools that welcome volunteers reap a wide range of benefits. Whether those volunteers are parents, students from a local high school, or other community members, their contributions are immense. The articles below from Education World's archive offer practical tips for involving -- and recognizing -- those who volunteer their time and energy.

Volunteers and Mentors Add So Much to a School
Setting up and maintaining a strong volunteer or mentor program is not an easy task. But most principals who take time to recognize the immediate and countless benefits of establishing volunteer programs feel the extra effort is well worth it.


Find more articles of interest in the following Education World resources:

Building School Community & Climate

Parent Involvement

See our complete archive of Focus On articles. More than three dozen hot topics of interest to principals.

Got Three Hours? A School Needs You
Who could say no to giving three hours to their child's school over nine months? That's what the founders of the parent volunteer program Three for Me reasoned -- and they discovered once parents got a taste of volunteering, they were eager to keep coming back.

Schools Recruit, Recognize Contributions of Volunteers
Is your school crawling with volunteers? Or are you looking for ways to recruit more volunteers? In this article, our "Principal Files" principals talk about the benefits of volunteers and offer tips for recruiting them and recognizing their contributions.

Calling All Grandparents: Senior Volunteers Transform Schools
They are reliable and passionate, and they bring learning and love to urban classrooms. They are Experience Corps volunteers, retirees recruited and trained to tutor students and assist teachers. Volunteers and educators alike have nothing but praise for the program.

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Last updated 06/26/2008