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Linking Our Students to the Real World


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History

In 2004, the Partners for Excellence Program expanded to include individual volunteers.  This program is a key component of the Ann Arbor Public Schools' involvement with the community.

Today, more than ever before the services of the community are needed to strengthen our educational programs.  The diversity of students and the diversity of programs offered to meet their needs, demand resources that cannot be offered by the schools alone.  Volunteers are needed kindergarten through high school.



Volunteer Program Information

  • Volunteers are needed widely throughout the Ann Arbor School District and all that is required is your desire to help.  The Partners for Excellence Office attempts to place all volunteers between the months of September and December, but many are placed throughout the school year.
  • All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session.
  • All Ann Arbor Public School Volunteers will undergo a background check through Michigan's iCHAT performed by the Partners for Excellence Office. Download form (96kb PDF).  The completed form may be faxed to 734-994-2955 or emailed to ferguson@aaps.k12.mi.us.
  • Volunteers are then referred via email to the requesting teacher.  Teachers who are requesting help will make contact with the volunteer within 5 school days.
  • Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of 16 weeks (approximately one school semester) for two hours per week.
  • Volunteers will receive a picture ID.  This identification badge will be sent to the teacher to give to the volunteer on the first day of service.


Volunteer Opportunities

Academic Assistant
Provide academic assistance with individual students or small groups of students at all levels.  The greatest need is at the elementary level with reading, writing, and math.  There are placements during and after school.

Teacher Assistant
Provide an extra set of hands for teachers by doing general tasks such as copying and organizing materials.

Bilingual Assistant
Persons who speak languages in addition to English to help in classrooms with our students who are English Second Language (ESL) learners by translating for students, parents, and teachers.  There is also a need to translate at parent conferences and meetings.  The most requested languages are Arabis, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.  However, all languages are welcome.  There are seventy-two languages spoken in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Impart a love of reading to students through reading stories that children love with expression and animation.  The group converts stories to script and do story theatre in elementary schools throughout the district.