Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time and talent to help the students, faculty and staff of Saint Gabriel Catholic School!
We are excited to welcome both current volunteers and new volunteers to the many opportunities that exist for involvement within SGCS. It is a common misnomer that volunteer opportunities exist for parents only. All are certainly welcome! Studies have shown that "when schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more."1 Children tend to achieve better grades, earn higher test scores, increase attendance, consistently complete homework, improve self-esteem, are more self-disciplined and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school.2
We realize that each of our families is unique - with its own priorities, needs, talents, and time constraints -- and so we try to provide as many different kinds of opportunites for involvement as possible. Volunteers may work directly with the students, or work from home or after hours. In order to work directly with students, volunteers need to undergo a formal approval process, which includes but is not limited to:
If you are interested in working directly with the students, please contact the office to pick up a Volunteer Packet. You may also download and complete the forms available on the website. If you are available to help from home or after hours which does not include working directly with students, there is an informal approval process. Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteer opportunities not directly associated with the students.
We are humbled and extremely grateful for the generous gift of your time! If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with me directly.
1A New Wave of Evidence,a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).
2The Benefits of Parent Involvement: What Research Has to Say, G. Olsen & ML Fulmer, Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall, July 20, 2010.