Our Volunteers

South Side Elementary School offers a variety of volunteer opportunities during the school day --- from tutoring individual students to assisting teachers with special projects and school-wide events.  Volunteers are needed in grades K-5 and in all subject areas.  Many of our volunteers enjoy reading with students, helping with writing assignments, and/or tutoring in math.  Occasionally volunteers are requested for assistance with after-school activities and clubs.  Please consider becoming a member of the South Side school community as a volunteer and make a difference!  

What must I do to become a volunteer?

All regular volunteers (one hour a week or more) will be required to:

  • Download and fill out a volunteer application
  • Pass a background check
  • Sign in and wear a nametag when you're in the school building
  • Attend an orientation/training session at the school site.

Where can I volunteer?

Please contact the volunteer coordinator at the school you where you would like to volunteer. The school coordinator will explain volunteer opportunities available at their school.

South Side Elementary Volunteer Coordinator:
Cheryl Lehman
lehmanch@u4sd.org (link sends e-mail)
(217) 351-3890

What is the senior volunteer program?

Unit 4 Schools, with support from WellCare Health Plans Inc. are piloting a ground-breaking program in the local high schools to bring senior (55 and older) volunteers into the classrooms to assist the regular classroom teachers with instruction. We are seeking seniors with experience in business, computers, building and technical trades, writing, theater, art, dance, coaching and other areas to sign up to volunteer in the high schools. For more information about this program, please call Lauren Smith, (217) 351-3722.

Who should I contact if I have further questions about volunteering?

Contact Community Outreach Coordinator Lauren Smith by phone at (217) 351-3722 or by email at smithla@u4sd.org (link sends e-mail)