Our library supports a robust student volunteer program. In total, we "employ" around 35 students, both 8th and 9th graders. We have two to four students assigned to each period. Their duties range from running errands and working the circulation desk (their favorite tasks) to dusting shelves and watering plants (their least favorite tasks).
Most of the volunteers are REALLY helpful, especially by this point in the year when they're well trained and thoroughly versed in their duties. Sometimes, though, managing the volunteers can be a full time job in itself. I'm really lucky that my secretary willingly takes responsibility for these students. There are days when they drive her batty, but for the most part, they really are quite helpful.
An "Everything But The Kitchen Sink Sundae!"
To thank our volunteers this year, we held an after school ice cream sundae party. We scooped ice cream, and then had tons of toppings for them to pick from, including whipped cream, hot fudge, sprinkles, strawberries, pineapple, caramel sauce, gummy worms, Oreos, and brownies (but no nuts!). It was delicious! Our timing was perfect, as we had our first 90+ degree day yesterday. Since our school (except for the library) isn't air conditioned, ice cream was an especially fitting treat!