The Volunteer Center is located on the St. Joseph Elementary School Campus in the Pre K-1 building. We encourage all parents, grandparents, and friends to join us on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
You are invited to spend an hour or the day with us, whatever your schedule permits. We assist the teachers and administration in a variety of ways - laminating, copying, collating, cutting, helping in the libraries, facilitating the Accelerated Reading Program and Wednesday/Friday Fundraisers.
SERVICE HOURS: St. Joseph School requires thirty (30) service hours per family per year with five (5) of those thirty (30) being served in our Flea Market. The volunteer center, basketball concessions, gate, gym clean up, class parties, field trips, tournaments, and more are all great ways to earn your service hours.
If you would like to help, just drop by or call our Parent Center Coordinator, Angela Rawls '95 at 501.513.6814
At St. Joseph School we believe that parental involvement has powerful effects on students’ learning. Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have:
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance
- Increased motivation, better self-esteem
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
- Fewer instances of violent behavior
Family participation in education is twice as predictive of a student’s academic success as family socioeconomic status. Most students at all levels – elementary, middle, and high school – want their families to be more knowledgeable partners about what is going on at school and are willing to take active roles in assisting communications between home and school.
When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child's mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family's life. Therefore, we encourage and invite our parents and grandparents to be involved in their child’s school life at St. Joseph.
Because the safety of our students is of the utmost importance all volunteers at SJS must complete the Virtus “Protecting God’s Children” program as directed by the diocese. All volunteers sign in at the respective school office and get a visitor ID.
At St. Joseph School there are numerous opportunities for service, volunteering, and parental involvement:
- Playground supervision
- Clerical assistance
- Library Media Center helpers
- Guest speakers
- Room moms & dads
- Chaperone on field trips
- PTO officers
- Parent Volunteer Center (laminating, copying, etc. for teachers)
- Concession workers at gym
- Front gate workers for basketball/volleyball games
- Gym clean up after games
- Work in the Flea Market
- Bazaar dinner, auction, and booths
- Various fundraisers
- Summer maintenance (painting, cleaning, etc.)
- Assisting with any number of “support” activities listed on our website
- Battle of the Books set up and clean up duties
- Assist with the Quiz Bowl Team
- Serve on the School Board
- Serve on a School Board Sub-Committee
- Book Fairs-Decorate/design themes, assist students, manage check-out, etc
- HOOKS-“Helping Out Our Kids School” Fundraiser needs core team members
- ArtRajun Cajun Fundraiser-Chefs, design team, set up/take down, solicit auction items
- Assist with bake sales
- Doctors and nurses needed for free sports physicals
- Certified bus drivers
- Nurses to assist our school nurse for hearing, vision, scoliosis screenings
- Pee Wee Basketball coaches
- Serve tables during Grandparent’s Day luncheons
- Assist with Wednesday & Friday Fundraisers
- PARENT VOLUNTEER CENTER or SCHOOL OFFICES may have additional events and opportunities for volunteering.