Serve and Inspire with SPS!
Volunteers in schools leads to greater student achievement and self-confidence, improved conversation skills and social relationships, and better attendance.
Schools that place volunteers most effectively are able to provide increased individual attention for students, extra hands-on projects and lesson extensions, and develop stronger ties with the community.
As an SPS Volunteer, you'll meet some great students and educators, while gaining valuable skills and perspective.
Help expand community engagement to every school and every classroom.
To get started self-register here: https://goo.gl/e2Zs7E
Summer SAFE/SIFE Volunteers, Somerville High School
Thank you SPS Summer Volunteers:
Michelle Baptista, Lisa Besen, Pete Bush, Bob Chen,Tom Cohn, Suzane de Sá,
Elizabeth Dray, Hellen Espinal, Avril Kenney, Emma Lewin, Clara McCreery, Siobhan Murray, Elrisa Nefdt, Erin O'Brien,Julie Skinner, and Sabrina Smith.
Special thanks to SHS Student Volunteers:
Fanta Diawara, Alice Egar, Alexis Figuero, Lizbeth Figuero, Deysi Pena, Santiago Portillo, Sarai Umana,Jiahui Zhao, Chang Zou, and Nina Zou.
SPS Volunteers Making a Difference
Serve and Inspire with SPS!
Literacy Literacy Tutors and Literacy Support Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups to help students become independent, strategic readers. Grades K-6. Required commitment of at least 45 minutes per week for four months. Prior Balanced Literacy Training required for 1:1 Volunteer Literacy Tutors.
English Language Support in-classroom and 1:1 ESL support. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Indian language fluency preferred but not required. Grades K-12.
STEAM Experiential Learning Industry professionals (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) engage with students through visits to work environments, career workshops and school-based mentoring.
Community Career and College Mentors Share your inspiration for your work and path to your career with students by serving as a career mentor.
Mathematics Tutors Grades 3-12. Required commitment of at least 45 minutes a week for four months. Available hours: 7:30am-5:30pm Grades 3-8 and 7:00am-7:55am for early risers at Somerville High School.
After School Academics and Enrichment Provide academic support and homework help after school, Grades Pre-K-6. Various subjects and according to your expertise. Help with an after school enrichment activity: theater arts, technology, writing, music, visual arts, engineering, athletics and more.
Musicians! Help in a weekly music class, provide string or wind lesson support, volunteer to perform at a school or district event, or tune a violin. Artists! Bring your fiber arts, printing, pottery, bookbinding, cartooning, illustration, nature journaling, and more. Support an art teacher by helping to set up and organize a project. Share a talent with a class, or matte and hang student work. Various schools, flexible hours.
El Sistema Somerville! Launched in Fall, 2012, El Sistema is an after school music education program providing ensemble-based music instruction to Grades 3-5 students. Visit http://www.sistemasomerville.org/music-mentor-form to get started!
Library and Computer Lab Aides Help a school librarian by sorting/organizing books; help students choose the right books; help students in computer labs; all schools, flexible hours.
Community Service Projects
Are you a company, group of friends or organization looking for fun ways to work together and support our schools and families? Take a look below and find ways to serve your community while having fun!
School Events / PTA Nights / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy Nights Assist schools with hosting engaging, family-friendly events. Volunteer to help organize event, work a table, and connect with SPS families. Choose a school or we'll connect you with a school in your neighborhood!
Next Wave / Full Circle Career Mentors: First and Last Fridays! Somerville's alternative Junior High and High Schools is looking for volunteer career specialists to speak with students about their work. First and last Fridays, 10:45am-11:10am. Contact Ted O'Brien to schedule your visit: EObrien@k12.somerville.ma.us.
School Gardens Stewards Help school gardens thrive by becoming a volunteer garden steward. Help during scheduled workdays or rotate 1-2x per month to help students work in their gardens during lunchtime recess or after school. Jess Bloomer, Groundwork Somerville: Jess@groundworksomerville.org.
SFLC Donations Center! Help sort and organize clothes to be donated to Somerville families. By appointment at Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, 42 Prescott St.
Food Distribution! Help sort donated food items for Somerville families. Every first and third Tuesday of the month, anytime 11:00am-12:30pm. At the Arthur D. Healey School, 5 Meacham St.
Alex Hershey, SPS ELA Instructional Coach, Volunteer Training
Volunteer Literacy Tutors and Support in the Classroom
Volunteers support literacy best with training, understanding of instructional methods used in the classroom, and through one-on-one weekly tutoring. Volunteers learn specific techniques for supporting balanced literacy in the classroom, including strategies for decoding text, building fluency, reading comprehension, and supporting writing.
Supporting Early Reading Skills in the Classroom
Trainings for Volunteers are offered three times during the school year.
To learn more and for resources for your volunteer literacy work in the classroom contact:
or call 617.629.5475
If you volunteer with Somerville Public Schools, thank you!
By self-registering on the SPS VolunteerMatters database you will help demonstrate how much service is provided through volunteerism, help quantify our progress, and show how one-on-one volunteer-student support impacts student engagement and learning.
(And it takes just 5 minutes):
This secure site also enables us to match you with an opportunity that best suits your interests, availability, profession, skills, and grade and subject preferences.
If you are an active weekly volunteer we will enter your volunteer schedule.
Please contact Rosie Federico
RFederico@k12.somerville.ma.us with any questions.
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