Volunteering in Our School

The Sun Prairie Area School District recognizes that volunteers make valuable contributions to the district’s schools and welcomes volunteers into the schools or attend student field trips. District policy requires that a criminal background check be completed prior to volunteering.  

Prior to attending a child's field trip, becoming a Watchdog or working in a classroom, please make sure you have a criminal background check completed and on file.  Student safety is our #1 priority. If you are unsure if you have one on file or have any questions, please contact the school at 608-834-7309 for assistance.

If you need to complete a background check form, you can find it on the district website or at our school office.


WatchDOGS® are fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father-figures who volunteer in the school for a day.  

During the day, WatchDOGS® will help in their child(ren)'s classroom(s), play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.  

For more information about this national program, please visit the WatchDOGSwebsite. WatchDOGS® are great role models for our students!

Schools of Hope

Schools of Hope is a program in which caring volunteers from our community tutor students for 30-45 minutes each week – although many choose to volunteer additional time as it is such a rewarding experience. 

The commitment is to attend a training session and then tutor one or two children practicing reading or math skills 30-45 minutes per week under the direction of a coordinator. Times throughout the school day.

More tutors are always needed, so please consider helping to build on the stories of our students by participating in this important and gratifying program.

Our CH Bird Schools of Hope Coordinator is Cindy Melendy. She can be reached by email or via phone at 834-7304.