Volunteer at Rise
Welcome and thank you for choosing to donate your time to volunteer at the Rise School of Denver. We are happy to have you share in the classroom experience for our young children ages 1 year to 7 years. To best prepare for your time at Rise, we strongly encourage you to look through this website to familiarize yourself with our mission and philosophy, as well as for obtaining information about our school calendar and other opportunities and policies.
If you are interested in volunteering at The Rise School, please review and complete the following forms:
Volunteer General Information (Word document)
We also ask you bring $28.00 for your background check.
Daily Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Rise Before Care: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
- Rise School Day: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Rise After Care: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Our staff members spend 8 hours at work with short breaks during the day. The greatest need for volunteers in the classroom is during naptime and for our After Care program. There is an option for morning hours as well, depending on therapist and practicum student schedules.
When you enter the building you will find a Visitor Sign-In notebook on our hall table. Please sign your name and time in/out and take a “volunteer” badge.
Security and Parking
Please be aware that all doors leading to the outside stay locked during the day, including the front entrance. If you are a regular volunteer, you will be given a code or key card to use to enter the building. Otherwise, if you need to enter please knock and someone will open the door for you.
During the hours of 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. we try to keep the spaces near our entrance free for parents and children to easily access our building. If possible please park your car on the black top area closer to Eastman Ave. if you plan to be here during those times.
Please ask the classroom staff where to place your things, or use one of the hooks across from the kitchen and restrooms.
Toddler Classroom: Ages 12-30 months
Lead Teacher – Kari / Teaching Assistants – Kendall and Stephanie
Preschool 1 Classroom: Ages 2-3 years
Lead Teacher – Amy / Teaching Assistants –Beau and Toubee
Preschool 2 Classroom: Ages 3-4 years
Lead Teacher – Megan Cartwright / Teaching Assistants – Claudia and Megan
Pre-K Classroom: Ages 4-5 years
Lead Teacher – Jacqui / Teaching Assistants – Brandon and Therese
- Heather Chrzan – Speech/Language Therapist
- Lynn Vosbeek – Occupational therapist
- Lisa Swenson – Physical Therapist
- Laura Ganguli – Music Specialist
Each of our therapists will follow a schedule that will allow them time in each classroom throughout the week. You will see them leading a group, working with one child, conducting evaluations and observing. The role of each of our therapists is to train our teachers about administering therapies to each child as needed. Feel free to introduce yourself and watch how they work with children to learn more.
- Executive Director – Meghan Klassen
- Office Assistants – Kristi and Maureen
- Classroom Aides – Kristin and Andrew
Volunteer Job Description
We will be asking you to participate in the provision of a stimulating, safe and developmentally appropriate educational environment where children have the opportunity to develop cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. You will be supporting teachers and assistants in all areas of the classroom. You will also support a therapeutic environment as teachers reinforce therapy goals on a daily basis for each child in order to help them succeed in the classroom.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Adhere to The Rise School philosophy that children with developmental disabilities have the ability to learn the same as other children when given appropriate support and encouragement
- Interact and play with children in activities that encourage curiosity, exploration and problem solving appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of children
- Support teachers in preparation of classroom settings, ensure safety of children, and help teachers to provide an environment in which children can learn and practice acceptable individual and group behaviors
- Set-up and clean-up after snack/lunch as required
- Help to maintain a clean classroom throughout the day
- Maintain open and direct communication with classroom teachers, aides and the director
- Maintain professional interactions with families, therapists, outside providers, volunteers, etc
- Always keep in mind confidentiality in conversations within the school and away from the school; please refrain from using last names
- Other duties may include assisting in the office or helping to prepare materials in the classroom
As a volunteer you are not responsible for the following:
- Helping children during toileting activities (classroom teachers and staff will be responsible for helping children during toileting)
- Administering medication or special equipment (i.e. feeding tube, oxygen)
- Communicating with parents about their child’s day
- You will never be solely responsible for a child/children – there will always be another staff person with you while supervising one or many children
- Participating in specialized therapies with children
- Discipline of children; teachers have put in place plans for children in need of behavioral adjustments – if you have questions, please ask the Lead Teacher; otherwise teaching staff will handle disciplin