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May 7, 2018

5 Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Show Volunteer Appreciation

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    I sure do LOVE our volunteers! I can’t imagine what teaching would be like without their support. We are fortunate to have many volunteers at our school, and at the end of the year, it’s important to show appreciation. Volunteers help teachers, but the students are really the lucky ones. They get that critical one-on-one time with an adult, which so many children are desperately in need of. I love watching how they bond with one another.  

     

    Being a teacher has been one of the biggest joys in my life, but building relationships with my students’ families has also given me great pleasure. I love getting to know my families and together, we become a team. In Tapping the Potential of Parents the author, Patricia Edwards, brings home the point: "Home-school communication and cooperation are lifelines that will improve the academic achievement of all children, regardless of race or economic status, cultural or linguistic background."

    This year, our staff decided to do a school-wide volunteer appreciation event. It was so simple (and successful), I just couldn’t resist sharing! We had a quick 20-minute planning meeting, and after sharing the theme days, everyone on the committee was super-excited to kick off Volunteer Appreciation Week! By divvying up the days by grade levels, we lightened the load and made this celebration extremely manageable.

    The school emailed an invitation to our families, and each teacher sent home personalized invitations to their volunteers. The feedback we received from our volunteers was awesome! I think they felt our love for them!

    Monday (Fifth Grade): “MUFFIN” To Do but Appreciate You!

    Tuesday (Fourth Grade): You Are All That AND a Bag of Chips!

    Wednesday (Third Grade): We “DONUT” Know What We Would Have Done Without You!

    Thursday (Second Grade): Thanks for "POP "ing in to Help!

    Friday (Kindergarten and First Grade): Sweet Volunteers Like You Take the Cake!

    We made sure to put up cute little signs in the workroom, so our volunteers could see (and taste) how much we appreciate them! It made the workroom so fun and festive. I smiled each time I walked by the display!

    Volunteer Appreciation Bulletin Board

    On the Friday before our volunteer celebration week, we created this bulletin board to show our gratitude. The students created flowers to add to the bulletin board, and that made it even more special. We all contributed. We worked together quickly, and 30 minutes later, we had a sweet display for all our volunteers to see! This is one of my favorite pictures. It shows true collaboration. We were giggling and having so much fun. They say it takes a village, and this I know to be true.

    These are the amazing ladies who helped pull off a wonderful Volunteer Appreciation. They are the BEST!

    The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.  — William Shakespeare

    The gift of time my students receive from our volunteers is a beautiful thing. Our students' families don’t always have the time to volunteer, but because they care so much (and feel welcomed), they make time for our children. I hope these simple ideas help you as you celebrate the wonderful volunteers in your life!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog, and here’s to finding something to be grateful for, each and every day!

    xo-Shari

     

    I sure do LOVE our volunteers! I can’t imagine what teaching would be like without their support. We are fortunate to have many volunteers at our school, and at the end of the year, it’s important to show appreciation. Volunteers help teachers, but the students are really the lucky ones. They get that critical one-on-one time with an adult, which so many children are desperately in need of. I love watching how they bond with one another.  

     

    Being a teacher has been one of the biggest joys in my life, but building relationships with my students’ families has also given me great pleasure. I love getting to know my families and together, we become a team. In Tapping the Potential of Parents the author, Patricia Edwards, brings home the point: "Home-school communication and cooperation are lifelines that will improve the academic achievement of all children, regardless of race or economic status, cultural or linguistic background."

    This year, our staff decided to do a school-wide volunteer appreciation event. It was so simple (and successful), I just couldn’t resist sharing! We had a quick 20-minute planning meeting, and after sharing the theme days, everyone on the committee was super-excited to kick off Volunteer Appreciation Week! By divvying up the days by grade levels, we lightened the load and made this celebration extremely manageable.

    The school emailed an invitation to our families, and each teacher sent home personalized invitations to their volunteers. The feedback we received from our volunteers was awesome! I think they felt our love for them!

    Monday (Fifth Grade): “MUFFIN” To Do but Appreciate You!

    Tuesday (Fourth Grade): You Are All That AND a Bag of Chips!

    Wednesday (Third Grade): We “DONUT” Know What We Would Have Done Without You!

    Thursday (Second Grade): Thanks for "POP "ing in to Help!

    Friday (Kindergarten and First Grade): Sweet Volunteers Like You Take the Cake!

    We made sure to put up cute little signs in the workroom, so our volunteers could see (and taste) how much we appreciate them! It made the workroom so fun and festive. I smiled each time I walked by the display!

    Volunteer Appreciation Bulletin Board

    On the Friday before our volunteer celebration week, we created this bulletin board to show our gratitude. The students created flowers to add to the bulletin board, and that made it even more special. We all contributed. We worked together quickly, and 30 minutes later, we had a sweet display for all our volunteers to see! This is one of my favorite pictures. It shows true collaboration. We were giggling and having so much fun. They say it takes a village, and this I know to be true.

    These are the amazing ladies who helped pull off a wonderful Volunteer Appreciation. They are the BEST!

    The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.  — William Shakespeare

    The gift of time my students receive from our volunteers is a beautiful thing. Our students' families don’t always have the time to volunteer, but because they care so much (and feel welcomed), they make time for our children. I hope these simple ideas help you as you celebrate the wonderful volunteers in your life!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog, and here’s to finding something to be grateful for, each and every day!

    xo-Shari

     

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