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Madison Metropolitan School District has a vision for all students – that they will not only graduate, but graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career and community. MMSD actively collaborates with Madison's community to meet common goals and accomplish together what one organization cannot do alone. Madison schools welcome family and community volunteers to reinforce ties between the home, the larger community, and the school.

Background Checks

If a volunteer is supporting the school through special events like booster clubs or book fairs, they will not be alone with students they do not background checks (level 1 positions) however, if a volunteer may have unsupervised contact with a students such a a tutor, field trip chaperone, or classroom assistants, then a background check is required (level 2 positions).

US Citizenship status is not  a question on the background check form. MMSD welcomes all volunteers to support our school including individuals who are undocumented. The MMSD background check process does not require an I-9 or social security number. 

To get started:

Step 1) Visit Volunteer Tracker

Step 2) Read the general information on volunteering and click the link for the Volunteer Tracker Application.

Step 3) Click on the green, “New to the App-Garden? Click Here to Register” link. Enter your email address, create a password and Register. An activation email will be sent to your email address to validate your account.

Step 4) Finish your application. You will receive an email shortly once approved.

If you have questions, please contact your school. Thank you for playing an important part of our school community.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Schools of Hope Literacy Tutor

Leopold is part of the Schools of Hope Project which coordinates volunteers to tutor students during the school day. Volunteering through the Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project allows volunteers to work with students consistently throughout the semester or year on literacy or math. Volunteers are asked to dedicate at least an hour a week to tutor. Tutoring provides a great opportunity to help students achieve academic success while building positive relationships.

To volunteer through Schools of Hope, please contact our tutor coordinator.

Specials Classroom Assistant

Volunteers serving as Specials Classroom Assistants are extra sets of hands in specials classrooms (Gym, Music, Art, REACH).

To volunteer as a Specials Classroom Assistant, please contact Rosie Gittens regittens@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-4240.

Classroom Academic Support 

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 Rosie Gittens at regittens@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-4240.

General School Assistant

Volunteers serving as General School Assistants are extra sets of hand for the school. 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:

  • Book shelving
  • Copying
  • Laminating
  • Preparing instructional materials for new mathematics curriculum
  • Prepping art project materials
  • Lunchroom assistant
  • Recess assistant
  • Greeting families and students in the morning
  • Little Library organizing and restocking

To volunteer as a General School Assitant, please contact Rosie Gittens at regittens@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-4240.

Library & Bookroom Support

Volunteers serving as Library Support will help to re-shelve, organize and label books.

To volunteer as Library & Bookroom Support, please contact Rosie Gittens at regittens@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-4240.

Lunch & Recess Supervisors

Volunteers serving as Lunch & Recess Supervisors will help supervise students. 

Food Pantry Assistant

Volunteers are needed to staff our weekly food pantry. We are currently looking to staff the pantry on Tuesday evenings 5:00-6:30 pm. 

To volunteer as a Food Pantry Assistant, please contact Rosie Gittens at regittens@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-4240.

General School Support

Volunteers serving as General School Support will help with various task including: printing, organizing paperwork, labeling materials, organizing the lost & found cabinets, helping beautify school grounds, etc.

Walking School Bus Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help students get to school on time … and get some exercise! Volunteer commitments are approximately 30 minutes per morning, 1-2 days per week

depending on volunteer availability. Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:10-7:50 am. *More days & routes will be added if we have volunteers! *

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Walk a group of children to school at least once a week

• Follow route and schedule

• Demonstrate and ensure safety, offer encouragement to students

• Take attendance and turn in 1⁄2 page route report to office upon arrival at school

• Have fun!

To volunteer with the Walking School Bus, please contact Shawn Koval at skoval@uwhealth.org  or 608-265-6846.

One-Time Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions to help make these events successful: set-up, take down, food preparation, food service, solicit donations, and leading activities.

  • Community Nights
  • PFO Fundraiser - Timberwolf Trample Fun Run
  • Community Walk 
  • Picture Day
  • Resource Fair
  • Staff Wellness Day
  • Field Day
  • 5th Grade Graduation
  • Back to School Open House

To volunteer in special events, please contact Rosie Gittens regittens@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-204-4240.

Leadership Opportunities

Volunteer leaders are also needed to participate in the following committees:

Parent Faculty Organization (PFO)

The Leopold Elementary Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) exists to support families, students and staff at Leopold. Our motto is: Encouraging Kids. Connecting Families. Serving Leopold. We welcome all families to volunteer, offer ideas and input, and work to make our school the best it can be.

Please contact PFO directly at leopoldpfo@gmail.com