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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 Leopold.

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All ongoing 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.

Volunteer application and background check

Additionally, all volunteers must review and sign the Volunteer Expectations form.


Leopold School Garden Club Volunteer

Community GroundWorks Gardener-in-Residence needs 1-2 volunteer gardening assistants for on-going help with garden maintenance and leading activities with youth. This opportunity is available in the spring through the fall. Spring (Tuesdays/Thursdays 2:30-4:30 p.m.) Summer (Tuesday/Thursdays 1-3 p.m.) Fall (Tuesdays/Thursdays 2:30-4:30 p.m.) Whether you’re a gardening expert or not, your support can help our garden and community grow.

Please contact Sami Clausen-Ruppert,, (608) 204-4277


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.


Room Parents

The Leopold Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) coordinates a Room Parent Program to help bring more caregivers together with teachers and other families in order to enhance the Leopold community experience. The expectations for room parents are flexible and based on the needs and abilities of the teacher and the volunteer. Volunteers do not have to be available during the school day.

Examples of duties for room parents include:

  • Communicating with other classroom families (phone calls, texts, and/or emails) about upcoming events, classroom needs, and information
  • Prepping materials for classroom activities (copying, cutting, stapling)
  • Field Trip chaperones
  • Classroom organization
  • Support to students in the classroom

To volunteer as a room parent please contact PFO representatives: Kari Trapskin or Miguel Dominguez (Spanish bilingual)


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.

  • Literacy Night
  • Family Math Nights
  • PFO Fundraiser - Timberwolf Trample Fun Run
  • School Registration
  • Black History Celebration
  • Multicultural Night
  • Madison Parent Teacher Team (MPTT) meetings (2x year per teacher team)

Please contact Sami Clausen-Ruppert,, (608) 204-4277


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 teacher or Sami Clausen-Ruppert,, (608) 204-4277


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


Please contact Sami Clausen-Ruppert,, (608) 204-4277


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


Community School Committee

A Community School is a welcoming and inclusive place that builds on the assets of the community to help serve the identified needs of the students, families and community through well integrated and coordinated, strategic partnerships. Leopold’s Community School Committee is a voluntary group of staff, parents, community organizations, and other valuable community stakeholders. The Committee meets monthly for 2 hours to discuss and make decisions in relation to the programs, services, and direction of partnerships within our school.

Please contact Sami Clausen-Ruppert,, (608) 204-4277