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Volunteer Oldie, but Goody

Have you ever gone looking through your files to find something that you really needed and then ran into something else that you remembered being a great idea?  That was me on Monday when I found this little guy hanging out in one of my file cabinets.

He's not pretty, but he was my friend for two years.  I used this folder to help my volunteers know what I would like copied for my classroom.  {I forgot all about it, because I have had an assistant for the past two years in Kindergarten.}

I would gather all of my copies for the week and place the originals in the folder.  I would then label the originals with a sticky note listing how many copies I needed and whether I needed it one sided or two sided.

{Yes, those are still originals in there from two years ago.  Apparently, we were working on tally marks and money at the end of the year.  lol}

The best thing I found in the folder was this goody.

For many years, I was unorganized and not ready for volunteers when they came in.  I would have one thing ready, the volunteer would finish that task, and then would come ask for another.  Once I came up with this system, my volunteers could work at their pace and I had fewer interruptions.  Win, win for everyone.

I would put this form, the copy folder, and any books necessary in a bucket near the door to my classroom. My volunteers would come in, grab the bucket, and get to work.  It was the best system ever!  If I ever have a classroom without an assistant again, I am definitely going back to this system.

If you would like your copy of the volunteer form, you can get it here.  {It looks a little different.  I'm not even sure I have the original anywhere.}

Graphics by Scrappin Doodles.  Font by me.  :)

By the way, I never did find what I was looking for when I found this piece of my past.  Figures, huh?

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