Descriptions of NUACS Volunteer Opportunities

Accelerated Reading Auction: Parents needed to help collect auction items and set up for annual AR Auction for students in grades 5-6. Students read and test on AR books throughout the year to earn points to spend at the auction. (May)

Accelerated Reading Program (AR): Read tests to early elementary students. Volunteers will be trained to use AR program. All readers must be VIRTUS trained. (Contact Patti Groebner at for an informational packet.) (October, November, January, February, March, April)

Admissions Committee: Members meet in person one time per year with elementary principal. After annual training and assignments are provided, the committee members call potential kindergarten families to invite them to Kindergarten Roundup. Follow up with families as needed following Roundup.

After Prom Party: Work with the chairperson to plan this event, manage donations, and/or host on the actual night of the party. Donations are also most welcome!

Art Adventure: Volunteers needed to serve as “Picture People” who are trained to present thematic program materials from the Minnesota Institute of Art to K-4 students. Picture People will meet with classes one–three hours, weekly, for one month. (March)

Birthday Displays: Create a birthday display window for one month of the year. Need two display windows created per month - you can create both or only one. The window on first floor applies to grades K-3 and the second floor window is for students in grades 4-6.

Book Fairs: Assist SAE librarian Amy Gieseke at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair in December and/or the St. Anthony Elementary Book Fair in March.

Chaperone: Be a chaperone for field trips, parties, or dances.

Christmas Program: Assist elementary staff with duties such as hair, make-up, costumes, supervision, decorating, and other needs for the annual Christmas program. A list of grade specific duties will be sent home in late October.

Committee Work: Willingness to serve on various NUACS committees throughout the school year.

Concessions at Sports Events: Help selling various concessions at NUACS sports events.

Development/Athletic Department Projects: Assist with extra tasks on occasion.

Eye and Ear Screening: Work with school nurse and other volunteers to provide the annual health screening for NUACS students. (October 5)

Family Fun Night: NUACS fundraiser for general budget. An evening for elementary families. Need help collecting prizes for games prior to event. Adults needed to help run games, raffles, prepare and serve light meal, set up and clean up. (February 13, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

Fun Fair: An afternoon of fun for St. Anthony Elementary students. Parents needed to serve on planning committee and workers for day of event. Volunteers will work food, game, and prize stands. (May 4, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm).

Lunchroom/Playground Supervisor: Assist staff by supervising students in the cafeteria and on the playground. (11:25 am – 12:05 pm). Additional information will be sent to all volunteers regarding cafeteria and playground rules and guidelines.

Mailings: Help prepare bulk mailings throughout the year.

Marathon Money Counter: Volunteers meet 2-3 times per week for three weeks to count money turned in for the Marathon of Service fundraiser. Each meeting is approximately two hours. (September)

Promote School Spirit: Create signs, posters, or locker decorations for the students to pep up the hallways of the school.

Provide Treats/Prizes: Prepare/provide treats for special occasions and events at NUACS.

Pumpkinfest: A NUACS fundraiser for technology. (September 30 – set up, and October 1 – set up and serve as general workers for the event (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).

Science Fair Judge: Adults needed to judge Science Fair projects for students in grades 3-6. Checklists and training provided same day as judging.

Senior Awards Banquet: Assist with coordinating the Senior Awards Banquet (April 29).

Sew Costumes: Work with program coordinators to sew costumes for programs/plays.

Snowfest: NUACS fundraiser for general budget. Largest fundraising event of the year. Need volunteers to serve on planning, food, soliciting/auction, set up and clean up committees and individuals to work the event. Please see the "Snowfest" site under the "Support NUACS" tab for more details, as well as sign-up. (January 27)

Story Time Reader: Spend an afternoon at St. Anthony Elementary reading a special story to students in grades K-2. All readers must be VIRTUS trained. (Contact Patti Groebner at for an informational packet.)

Teacher Helper: Teachers may request assistance from time to time to complete a project, help with centers, or just need help cutting out art projects. Time and commitments vary throughout the year. When teachers request the need for a volunteer, information will be sent out with specific information.

VEX Robotics Club: Assist Mrs. DeVries and Mrs. Brennan with club activities and student learning sessions.

Work at Home: Throughout the year, the staff needs help creating materials. Some of these projects can be completed out of the building. These opportunities will be advertised in teacher newsletters and in the weekly email to parents.