Volunteer Program

Dewey Elementary School accepts volunteers year round for support around our school. Volunteers play a vital role in the culture at our school. Volunteer opportunities are largely varied and can include being a field trip chaperone, assisting in classrooms, helping set up events, and more.

New Volunteers

New incoming volunteers will need to fill out the volunteer application attached. Indicate on the form that you are a new volunteer and fill out the appropriate information.

Returning Volunteers

Returning volunteers must fill out the first portion of the application annually. The TB testing section of the application must be satisfied every four years.

Volunteer Application


Past National Volunteer Appreciation Month

School-site volunteers, Partners-in-Education and advisory committee volunteer chairs were honored at the district's 2013 Volunteer and Partner Recognition event held recently at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School.

Honorees were recognized for the countless hours, efforts and in many cases, funds they contribute to their local San Diego Unified schools. Each individual and organization was given a certificate and all were applauded for their efforts during the ceremony. In addition, four individuals were named "Volunteer of the Year" and four organizations were named "Partner of the Year."

Winners included 90-year-old DeDe Quint, a 25-year volunteer at Dewey Elementary School; American Legion Post 731, who has donated more than 300 bikes to Chesterton Elementary students; and the Assistance League of San Diego County, who has helped to improve the educational experience for all students at Mark Twain High School.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

Elementary: DeDe Quint, Dewey Elementary School

Middle: Mark Kunkee, Mann Middle School

High School: Donna Garcia Silva, School of Creative and Performing Arts

Atypical: Lois Modesitt, John Muir

Partner of the Year Award Winners

Elementary: American Legion Post 731, Nominated by Chesterton Elementary

Middle: John Crawford, The Kiwanis Club, nominated by Lewis Middle School

High School: The Assistance League of San Diego County, nominated by Mark Twain High School

Atypical: Access to Independence, nominated by TRACE

Although the afternoon belonged to the volunteers and partners, the event featured several outstanding student performances as well. Five members of Madison High School's orchestra, led by Jesse Rogers, played string music during the reception. School of Creative and Performing Arts students Danika Waitley, Katherine Ward and Julanaar Gamboa kicked off the ceremony with the National Anthem, and Larissa Garcia surprised her mom, an honoree, with the song "For Good" from the musical "Wicked."

Attended by more than 170 people, the celebration marked the return of the Volunteer & Partner Recognition Event after a two-year hiatus. The event was made possible by sponsor California Coast Credit Union, who also participated in hosting duties.

Featured speakers included Superintendent Bill Kowba, Deputy Superintendent of Academics Nellie Meyer, Board Trustees Kevin Beiser and Scott Barnett, ceremony host Chief of Staff Bernie Rhinerson, and California Coast's Jacklynn Carey.

The event kicks off National Volunteer Appreciation Month in April. The theme of the year's national celebration is Celebrate Service. All schools in the district are encouraged to honor all of their volunteers and partners with some type of celebration, either in April or sometime before the end of the school year.

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