Volunteering in Our Schools
Volunteers make a major difference in the lives of children. We appreciate your support and hope that you will consider volunteering in our schools.
Every year, more than 600 people choose to volunteer in Bremerton Schools. If you have not volunteered with us before, you will need to do the following:
- Contact a school and let them know that you would like to be a volunteer
- Complete a Volunteer Application which includes a background check. (Please note: You will need to present a valid Driver’s License at the time of your application)
- Additional paperwork may be required for Senior Citizens who participate in our STEP Senior Tax Exchange Program.
Once your paperwork has been received and a background check is completed, you will be able to volunteer in our schools.
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. Our students and staff appreciate everything our volunteers do to help us reach our goal of academic success for all children. We can’t do it without you!
For more information on District Volunteer Opportunities, please contact our Parent/Volunteer Coordinator, Joyce Cowdery
TRIO OF DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS
Every Tuesday morning a trio of dedicated volunteers shows up at West Hills. Their names are Barbara White, Joan Boden and Jackie Sears, but they are more often referred to as “The Tuesday Ladies”. Each Tuesday they arrive eager to assist Mrs. Wheeler and Ms. Green’s first graders with reading. These ladies have listened to hundreds if not thousands of students read to them. They know what they are doing is important, especially when it clicks and a student all of a suddenly “gets it”.
Their dedication is to be commended. Mrs. White and Mrs. Sears have volunteered for 33 years each and Mrs. Boden is at 16 years for a cumulative total of 82 years of volunteering. Now that’s true devotion. During their tenure have gone through numerous staff changes and the school’s name has changed three times - from Navy Yard City to West Hills and now to West Hills STEM Academy.
If you wonder why these ladies keep returning it that they know the children and staff need their assistance. “The Tuesday Ladies” feel satisfaction through their volunteering. For them volunteering is fun, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and it keeps their minds working.
Ms. Green and Mrs. Wheeler are appreciative of the trio. They know the students (and staff) look forward to seeing them each week. They know these ladies are reliable, friendly and they can count on them.
Below are a few responses from current students and former students who were asked what they thought about these ladies:
· Shawn “They liked to read with kids. They love kids. I could tell because they ‘re real nice.”· Jayviontre “They were doing pretty good, they track for the student, they would whisper.”
· Emery “It’s nice how they come and help teach”
· Nick “I like the way they teach us.”
· Graham “They help us.”
· Raina “They are kind.”
· Natalie “They gave us candy at Halloween.”
· Amondre “They were kind and helpful because they helped us on our reading and learning.”
· Rethlyn - I remember waiting every Tuesday for Mrs. Wheeler’s volunteers to come listen to me read. They were always helpful and caring about my diligence in reading. It was always exciting for everyone to get to read to them. I appreciate the time they spent reading with my class.