Volunteer Information


Volunteers Enhance the Learning Environment in D51!

District 51 welcomes individuals of all ages, skills/talents, and backgrounds to come volunteer with students! If you're interested in volunteering for District 51, you've come to the right place! 

Do I need any special skills? 
All you need is a genuine love for children, some free time, and a willingness to work under professional supervision. 

What can I do as a volunteer? 

 - click here to download the Volunteer Information Flyer - 

- Read with a Child – This program is for 3rd and 4th grade students who need that extra one on one time with reading and/or other tutoring support. Volunteers are generally paired with one or two students for the quarter or school year. During this time the volunteer reads with the student and helps with any subject that, they may need extra instruction. This program runs for three quarters of the school year and begins in October. Currently seven schools are participating in the program.

- Foster Grandparents and RSVP – Volunteers working with the Foster Grandparent and RSVP volunteer programs can sign up to volunteer with the school district through these programs. These volunteers help in the classroom, as reading aides, office support and field trips.

- Spellbinders – Spellbinders is a group of volunteers who are trained in the art of storytelling. These volunteers go to the classrooms and share stories from memory with the students. This program is a great opportunity not only for volunteering, but also for meeting other members of the community and creating new friendships. Spellbinder’s storytelling increases listening comprehension, vocabulary, develops a sense of story structure, and creates a love of story, which translates into an interest in reading for students.

- Art Heritage Program – No art experience or skills necessary--you just have to like art! As an Art Heritage volunteer, you will join a special group of people who present our lessons to individual classes of kindergartens through 5th graders (your choice). You will learn all about an important artist or type of art in our training sessions. We provide the presentation, information, and all the materials you need to teach it to your elementary class and lead them through an art project. Our volunteers come back year after year, building friendships and their own art knowledge through this unique program.

- Volunteer Coaching – Volunteers can sign up to volunteer coach with the middle or high school sports teams. All volunteer coaches are required to complete the volunteer coaching form and provide three references as well as the background paperwork.

- In Classroom Help – Volunteers are assigned to a classroom or classrooms to provide any additional support that the teachers need from reading to helping with class activities.

- Reading Aide – Volunteers through the instruction from the teacher read in the hallway with students who need additional support with reading.

- Assist in the Library or Front Office – Volunteers can help in the library or front office with anything that the staff needs.

- Extra-Curricular Activities – Field Days, field trips, marching band, sporting events, and any other school activities.

- Lunch Lizard Program – The lunch lizard runs through the summer months while students are out of school. This program provides lunches to students as well as activities at the park through the support of staff and volunteers.

- Watch D.O.G.S - Traditionally Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. The district will be opening this up to all volunteers who would like to be extra eyes and ears at the schools. All volunteers are required to complete and pass the district background process through the communication/security offices. The district is adding schools to this program and will have a complete list for the 2018-2019 school year.

How much time does volunteering require?
Volunteers are asked to attend a volunteer orientation session and are encouraged to take advantage of the many training opportunities, which are provided to enhance their skills. Apart from that, schools will work with you to create a schedule that is beneficial for everyone. 

Do I need a background check?
​Volunteer positions that involve the volunteer working with a student one-on-one require background check. These positions include
- Read with a Child
- Volunteer Coaching
- Overnight field-trip chaperone
- Watch D.O.G.S
- Lunch Lizard program

I have to get a background check. Where do I start?
- click here to download the Background Check Guide - 

Contact Us

April Hart 

2115 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-254-5114
Fax: 970-245-2714

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