Gesner Street Elementary School

Gesner Street Elementary School has a range of new volunteer positions available that provide wonderful opportunities for work experience and professional development. They include positions for accounts clerks, chefs/managers, food prep/meal service providers, book fair managers, and a volunteer services coordinator. Please see below for additional information on each position.

A volunteer meeting/orientation will be held Mon, 19 Sep at 1830 hr in Rm 209 at Gesner Elementary School.

Accounts Clerk: Two volunteers are needed two days/week for 1.5 hr each day to liaison between vendors, partners, and community organizations that help supply and support the food program at Gesner Street Elementary School. Volunteer tasks include processing and tracking milk and lunch orders as well as completing the administrative duties required to ensure the program and supplies are in place and processed. Training and assistance are provided, and volunteers work out of the school’s kitchen and from home, as needed.

Chef/Manager: Two volunteers are needed to prepare meals for the school’s breakfast/lunch program as well as manage the day-to-day operation of the school’s kitchen. Possession of Food Handling/Safety Certification, basic knowledge of computers, a pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, and dependability are all assets for the position. A range of development opportunities are provided to volunteers, such as training and skills development for personal resumes, references for job hunting, Food Safety Training Certification, and hours that can be used to complete educational requirements. Funding may also be available for completing additional programs for personal development. Timings for the position are as follows:

  • Breakfast Program: Mon-Fri, approximately 0730-0900 hr
  • Lunch Program: Mon-Thu, approximately 1130-1300 hr
  • Milk Program: Mon-Thu, approximately 1130-1230 hr
  • Specialty Events/Fundraisers: TBD

Food Prep/Meal Service Provider: Help is needed with serving breakfast and/or lunch to students to encourage “Healthy Meals for Hungry Minds” in a way that is dignified and creates a sense of community, integrity/ownership, and learning for students. Training and direction are provided on-site, and professional development includes skills development for personal resumes, references for job hunting, Food Safety Training Certification, and hours that can be used to complete educational requirements. Funding may also be available for completing additional programs for personal development. Volunteers are needed for a commitment of at least two days/week Mon-Thu for either a 1.5 hr morning and/or lunch shift.

Scholastic Book Fair Manager: Volunteers are needed to work with Gesner Street Elementary’s librarian, principal, and volunteer coordinator to run great book fairs for the school. Responsibilities include promoting literacy by making books and reading more fun, selling specific amounts of books, surpassing previous fair goals, earning free books for classrooms and the library, and putting a book in the hands of every student. There are three scheduled book fairs throughout the 10-month school year, and the time commitment for the position varies depending on the number of volunteers and the duration of the events. 

Volunteer Services Coordinator: A volunteer is needed to directly manage volunteers at the school as well as to provide guidance, support, resources, and tools to staff who supervise volunteers. Hours are Mon, Wed, and Fri for 1.5 hours each day, and work can be completed at the school or from home.

All volunteers are required to complete a Policy 701 Assessment, which can be completed free-of-cost online, and a Criminal Records Check, which can be completed free-of-cost through the local RCMP. Free parking is provided at the school, and all positions are for at least one full school-year, with the option to continue on if all are agreeable.

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