Black Butte School is proud of its history of volunteers helping to make the school a vibrant educational experience that is connected to our community. We welcome and seek out volunteers from our community. Volunteering in a school is a unique and exciting experience. It is a privilege for both the school and the volunteer. Volunteering promotes and maintains a supportive relationship with the students and staff. We can't thank our volunteers enough for being willing to be a supportive part of the Back Butte School education program! In 2018 we were proud to award Sue Carleson (pictured at right) the Volunteer of the Year award.
Volunteer Program Goals
- Strengthen the relationship between school, families, and community members through meaningful service opportunities.
- Support school personnel in addressing an identified need, easily met with skilled volunteers.
- Utilize the knowledge and skills of volunteers to promote student achievement.
- Maintain the building and grounds using community skills.
Play a role in improving a community asset, our school
- Put your skills towards a positive change
Make a difference in the lives of our students
- Giving individual attention
- Support a student’s learning
- Learn new skills
- Work together with others to build relationships with students, staff, and other community members.
It makes you feel better!
- Studies have found a correlation between volunteering and positive physical and mental health.
Types of Volunteer Activities
- Involvement with the Parent Teacher Organization, Site Council, School Board, or Facilities Committee, or Budget Committee
- Facilities and grounds improvement and maintenance projects
- Academic Tutoriing
- Clerical/Office/Library Support
- Classroom Assisstant
- Field-Trip Chaperone
- Student mentoring
- Be prompt and dependable in attendance.
- Be flexible. Change is the only constant in a school setting.
- Practice professional ethics and confidentiality. Confidentiality means to avoid discussing personal issues or student information with anyone other than school staff.
- Know and observe all regulations of the school.
- Remember that you are acting as a role model for the children.
- Support and supplement the work of the staff. The volunteer’s role is assistance, not replacement.
- Communicate regularly with staff.
- Honest in your approach and attitude, building trust and respect with students, staff, and other community members.
- Patient in your work with others. Give the program time to get established and for you to find your niche.
- Consistent in treating others with respect and courtesy and expect the same in return.
- Supportive of school staff as they do their jobs. Remember that the volunteer is here to help and support the work of our school, not evaluate and criticize the staff.
- Accept each student in terms of their background, values, personality, and abilities.
- Be willing to help, ask for directions, follow instructions, complete training, participate in meetings, and try a variety of approaches and techniques with the students.
- Let them know that making mistakes is an important part of learning (growth mindset).
- Praise them honestly, as this will build the student’s self-confidence. Remember, attentiveness and effort can be as important as performance. Be encouraging. Accentuate the positive and minimize the negative.
- Notify staff of any student concerns in a timely manner.
Requirements to Volunteer
- For education or administrative volunteer positions contact Delaney Sharp (email@example.com)
- For Facilities/landscaping volunteer positions contact Morgan Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Read the Volunteer Packet linked here
- Complete pages 6-8 of the Volunteer Packet and return to Business Manager, Simon Levear (email@example.com) Note: Page 6 also available online linked here
- Complete online volunteer training module assigned from Safe Schools (you will receive a link to the training from BBS staff)
- Submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination or medical/religious exemption document
- Receive confirmation of background check completion (A criminal conviction doesn't necessarily bar someone from volunteering. A barrier crime is disqualifying.)