We welcome volunteers from our parent, resident and business communities to support learning by working with students in our schools. There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities to choose from. Read about some of them below.
- If you are specifically looking for opportunities at your child's school, go to that school's website.
- Background checks are required for some volunteer assignments. You will be asked to fill out a form if needed.
- Preschool Story Time Matters
- Elementary School Literacy Volunteer Program
- Partners in Art for Elementary Schools
- School Volunteer Sign-up Forms
- School PTAs & PTOs
- Adult Literacy Volunteer Program
Helping preschool students develop listening and reading skills
This program is delivered in partnership with Interfaith Outreach.
Participating Students - Students enrolled in our Peppermint Fence Preschool and Bright Start classes
Volunteer's Role - Read to preschool students
Training and Support - Provided by Wayzata Public Schools and Interfaith Outreach
Ongoing Support -Provided by classroom teacher
Time Commitment - 30 minutes a week, November - May
Helping students learn to love to read by helping them become successful readers
Participating Students - Struggling readers in our elementary schools
Volunteer's Role - Listen to and support students as they read aloud from books recommended by the school's reading specialist and/or teacher. Many books have been purchased just for this program. Each volunteer is matched to a specific school and then a single student at that school, with whom they read for the entire school year.
Training and Support - We provide reading resources, an easy curriculum, and suggestions for customizing to meet your personal style. We host a formal kick-off training session for all program volunteers, led by our district's literacy specialist. After we match volunteers to specific schools, each school's principal and reading specialist hosts an orientation for volunteers in their school. They also set up one-on-one meetings with individual volunteers and give you a tour of the school site. All books and materials are provided.
Ongoing Support - We email all volunteers a monthly newsletter with program updates and helpful tips.
Time Commitment - 20 - 30 minutes a week, November - May.
Number of Volunteers - More than 140 community members volunteer for this program each year - most of them don't even have children in our elementary schools!
Helping elementary school students develop an appreciation for visual art
Participating Students - Most of our K - 5 classrooms participate in this program.
Volunteer's Role - Go into elementary school classrooms to share the Partners in Art curriculum with students.
Training and Support - Formal training for all of our Partners in Art volunteers is held each September. Each school building has a Partners in Art Coordinator. All curriculum and artwork provided.
Time Commitment - Monthly (October - May) classroom presentation of 20 minutes to an hour depending on grade level, plus preparation. For some classrooms, volunteers choose to partner with others to share the responsibility and reduce the time commitment.
Requirements - No formal art education or previous experience required - just a desire to be in the classroom and an interest in learning about art.
Curriculum - There is a seven year rotating curriculum. The 2017-18 focus is "Elements of Art with Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Space and Composition."
Number of Volunteers - More than a hundred people volunteer their time each year to bring this program to our students!
Volunteer to work with adults in our Adult Basic Education (ABE) who are trying to improve their literacy skills.
Participating Students - Adults 17 years of age and older
Volunteer's Role - Helping adult learners with English language acquisition; tutor students in reading, writing, math skills and GED subject areas
Training and Support - Provided by the Minnesota Literacy Council
Time Commitment - 1-3 hours per week for six months
To volunteer, contact Cheryl Lubinski, ABE Lead Teacher/Coordinator at Cheryl.Lubinski@wayzataschools.org or 763-745-6034