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Community volunteers are welcomed in our schools. You do not need to have prior experience or any formal training; we will provide you with the resources and support you need to have a successful experience. There are many ways to get involved at Emerson Elementary.

All on-going volunteers are required to complete the volunteer application. If the volunteer position will have you working 1:1 with students without immediate MMSD staff supervision, you must also complete and return the disclosure/background check. 

Sign up in Volunteer Tracker.  

Orientation and Training Sessions
We ask that all volunteers attend one of the following sessions and contact the Emerson staff member prior to starting their volunteer position.

2019-2020 School Year Dates:

Literacy Support Tutor

Position Purpose: The purpose of this position is to help support literacy skills one-to-one with a student(s) or small group  to help students engage with learning and develop a love of reading. . Specific reading direction, resources, and curriculum will be provided by the supervising teacher. Volunteers will work to work with students consistently throughout the semester or year on literacy.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes - 1 hour/weekly, Monday - Friday, mornings 

If you are interested in volunteering as Literacy Support Tutor, please contact Emily Powers at eapowers@madison.k12.wi.us or call (608) 204-2071.

Math Tutor

Position Purpose: The purpose of this position is to assist students in engaging with learning through mathematics. Math tutors will be matched one-on-one with a student(s) or small group who needs a little extra help and support math skills to ensure that students are successful learners. Specific math resources and direction will be provided by the supervising teacher. The math tutor will also act to enhance self-esteem and confidence in the student through patience and encouragement. 

If you are interested in volunteering as a Math Tutor, please contact Emily Powers at eapowers@madison.k12.wi.us or call (608) 204-2071.

Classroom Academic Support Volunteer

Volunteers serving as classroom academic volunteers will help in classrooms during the math or literacy “block.” Volunteers will serve as an extra set of hands for the classroom teaching by providing support, direction, feedback to students during independent and/or collaborative or on-line learning. Volunteers will be provided with all necessary direction and training for roles and responsibilities within the core instructional periods. On-going direction will be provided by the teacher. 

To volunteer in classrooms, please contact the classroom teacher or Emily Powers at eapowers@madison.k12.wi.us or call (608) 204-2071.

Classroom Assistant

Volunteers serving as General Classroom Assistants are an extra set of hands for the classroom teacher. 
Volunteers will complete a wide range of duties which are likely to vary from day to day.  Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • creating bulletin board displays
  • photocopying materials
  • collating
  • prepping project materials
  • sorting or organizing classroom materials
  • reading with students
  • working with small groups of students

To volunteer as a classroom assistant, please contact the classroom teacher or Emily Powers at eapowers@madison.k12.wi.us or call (608) 204-2071.

One-Time Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions to help make PTO and school events successful: greeting families at check-in, set-up, take down, food preparation, food service, solicit donations, leading activities, supporting staff in various ways. See the Emerson School site and PTO link for more information and dates of upcoming events. 

  • Math Night
  • Harvest Fest
  • Variety Shows
  • Fine Arts Nights
  • Performances
  • Science Night
  • Multi-cultural Night
  • School Registration

Please contact Emily Powers at eapowers@madison.k12.wi.us or call (608) 204-2071.
The Emerson PTO hosts a number of these valuable events throughout the year and welcome volunteers. To learn more, please visit the Emerson PTO website.

Leadership Opportunities

Volunteer leaders are also needed to participate in the following committees:
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Emerson Elementary Parent Teacher Organization exists to support families, students and staff at our school. Our motto is: Every Child is an Honored Student. We welcome all families to volunteer, offer ideas and input, and work to make our school the best it can be.
To learn more and get involved, please visit the PTO website.