A banner created by students at the Welches SchoolsSchool Volunteers offer some big time help posted on 05/07/2018
the Welches Schools held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Week during the third
week of April, the numbers were already impressive. Fifty-two volunteers who log
into a computer system set up to track their time had tallied 1,974 hours of
work since the beginning of the school year, and the volunteer with the most
hours logging 420 hours.
doubt there was an abundance of appreciation. “It’s just a time for all of us
to remember all the help we get from the outside community and give our thanks to
those dedicated volunteers,” said Kendra Payne, principal of the Welches
Schools. The week features a variety of ways the school offers up its thanks,
including decorations, thank you notes and banners created by students, treat
bags and culminating in a pot luck lunch on Friday, April 20.
usually a pretty good spread,” Payne said, noting that the school counts some talented
cooks throughout the staff.
volunteers perform a variety of roles at the school throughout the year, from going
on field trips to helping in
the classroom, but Payne noted that there are other volunteers that aren’t even
included in the tracking system.
include members of the Hoodland Women’s Club, who come in every month to help
with a popcorn party for the
class with the best attendance, and the hours that the Welches Parent Teacher
Community Organization puts in outside
of normal school hours.
always had a really very supportive community in terms of volunteering and fundraising
support,” Payne said.
“I do feel like we’ve seen an uptick in volunteerism. I think part of that is
due to we have some really strong parent volunteer coordinators.” Payne noted
that in the past three years the school moved to an online volunteer system, eliminating
a paper packet prospective volunteers needed to fill out and reducing the time for
background checks from two weeks to approximately two days.
volunteer coordinators for the middle and elementary schools help match skills
that volunteers can offer with needs at the school and communicate upcoming needs.
“It’s really helped kind of streamline the system,” Payne said. Community members interested in
volunteering can find more information and the volunteer application on the Oregon
Trail School District’s website, at www.http://oregontrailschools. com/parents/forms/.
By Garth Guibord/MT