Upcoming fundraiser and the importance of volunteers

By Dr. Marci Larsen, Superintendent | Nov 01, 2017


The process of providing an education for more than 15,000 students requires a very large organization filled with many moving parts. In addition to about 1,000 teachers, we employ hundreds of other employees who drive school buses, serve lunch, work in school offices, maintain buildings, and do a host of other tasks needed to keep the school district running.

But, another group of people is just as critical to the operation of our schools. They are the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to make sure that children have the best experience possible.

Our schools depend on volunteers for a large number of different tasks. Some volunteers spend time in classrooms because they love working with children. Others enjoy reading books to students or helping in the library. Volunteers are often there for classroom activities or provide tutoring, they work in school offices, and a few schools use volunteers as art docents to teach lessons about artists and art.

Volunteers serve as chaperones when groups of students go on field trips or travel to other places for special activities, and many serve schools on various committees, such as the PTA or PTO, or on site councils.

Volunteers help in putting on school carnivals and book fairs, they sometimes work in student stores and concession stands, assist with after-school clubs, or help when school pictures are taken, or when hearing and vision screenings are done.

Our volunteers also help to raise money for school activities. Booster clubs hold auctions and other fundraising events to support athletics and performing arts activities. The volunteers who run the Mukilteo Schools Foundation also provide a tremendous service to our schools by supporting innovation and creativity in our classrooms.

The foundation holds a breakfast each year at this time to raise money for its activities, which include about $25,000 in grants for classroom projects that enhance the educational experience for our students and scholarships that provide students a means to fulfill their dreams.

The foundation has developed a tradition in which it brings to our community a noted local author to speak. Past speakers have included Eric Larson, Garth Stein, Robert Dugoni, Carol Cassella, Nancy Horan, Jim Lynch and Jane Porter.

This year, the organization has come very close to home with its speaker: Mindy Halleck of Mukilteo, an award-winning fiction writer, novelist, and writing instructor who is a three-time cancer survivor who credits the act of writing as part of her healing journey.

The breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field. Tickets are still available. Go to www.mukilteoschoolsfoundation.org for more information.

Volunteers are an important part of the entire school system. If you have an interest in being a volunteer at a school once a week or even once a year, there are many opportunities for you. Please contact the school in your neighborhood for more information about ways that you can volunteer and what you’ll need to do to become eligible.

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