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Volunteering At Madrona

2018/2019 Volunteer Welcome Letter
Madrona Volunteer Opportunities Check-list

Madrona was founded with the expectation that teachers and parent volunteers would work together to provide a terrific learning environment for our children. Many schools in the Edmonds school district try to incorporate volunteers in the classroom, but it is really on a hit-or-miss basis. Partly this is because a culture of volunteering is not at those schools. Teachers are unable to predict when parents will be in the classroom, nobody exists to schedule regular volunteer time, and the teachers are often expected to train each new volunteer who comes along. This adds up to more work for the teachers, instead of less.

Culture of Volunteering

Classroom volunteer coordinators at Madrona take the responsibility of scheduling, training, and basically supervising the many parents who are willing to donate their time. The volunteer coordinators also oversee the collection of information in the classrooms, make sure that paperwork is completed for field trips and any other special activities, and do basic bookkeeping for the classrooms.

Madrona’s nongraded, multi-age model works because of the dedication of its volunteers.  Here are some of the ways in which community members can donate their time.

Classroom volunteering: many families like to be close to the action in their child’s classroom.  Volunteers can be active during the school day, helping with art and science projects; being a reading coach or a math tutor; sharing their expertise for a special project; and helping do the organizational work that would otherwise have to be done by a teacher.  Volunteers keep the classroom functioning by hanging art; sourcing materials; preparing science projects; filing; organizing the classroom library.  Outside the classroom, volunteers are encouraged to chaperone on field trips; prepare for classroom projects; arrange for parties and other social events.

Special event volunteering: Madrona hosts many events during the year, all of which require a lot of manpower.  Some of these are:

  • Bear Feet Fun Run
  • Bear Scare
  • Family Dance
  • Talent Show
  • Madrona Children’s Theater annual musical
  • Math nights
  • Middle school in-house field trips

Clubs and enrichment activity volunteering: mentors and instructors for Madrona’s many clubs and enrichment classes are vital.

Schoolwide: the Madrona Integrated Team Board of Directors needs the help of many talented individuals to help operate the business that is MIT.  Officers are elected, and Directors are appointed every year, to interface with teachers, students and the parent community.

Madrona Events and Programs Made Possible by Parent Support

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Fun Run
School-wide event held on the first Friday in October during the school day.  Centers compete for most spirited which entails color coordinating outfits, face painting, streamers….  Students run/walk to beat their personal record for number of laps in 45 minutes.

Volunteer needs – set up, cheering, break down, counting laps, writing out certificates. Sign up at

Bear Scare
School-wide evening family event held on a Friday evening at the end of October.  Carnival-style games, cupcake walk, pumpkin carving contest, haunted house, and lots of great costumes.

Volunteer needs – short shifts at the many stations as well as set up and break down

Book Fairs
Twice each year, the library is turned into a children’s book store.  Proceeds go directly to purchasing more books for our school library.

Volunteer needs – cashiering in shifts before and after school and on family night, promotion

After School Enrichment Classes
Activities and classes from art to Japanese culture, chess to ASL are offered after school
Volunteer needs – standing committee members, class hosts, instructors, promotion

Fine Arts Committee
Dedicated to bringing fine arts into the classroom, this committee raises funds for art supplies and school-wide art projects.  Coordinates art auction in May.

Volunteer needs – standing committee, auction item solicitation and staffing for event

Joe Rice Scholarship
MIT honors one high school Madrona alumni graduate with a $1000 scholarship each year

Volunteer needs – one afternoon reading and scoring entries for scholarship

Green Team
One of only five certified Washington Green Schools in the district due to lunchroom waste reduction program (composting). .

Volunteer needs – standing committee, lunch room supervision

STEM Committee (SUM Party/Science Expo)
Annual school-wide math and science event   Volunteer needs – setting up, staffing activity tables, breaking down, science education expertise, promotion.  Contact:

Talent Show
This evening events held in April provides an opportunity for Madrona students to showcase their talents.  Volunteer needs – audition coordinators, stage managers, event staff, bake sale contributions, promotion