Joining our community as a volunteer is easy (and required)
Innovation Montessori Ocoee began as Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School in 2011. Our school was founded when a group of dedicated Montessori parents, from a local, private Montessori primary school, decided that they were willing to do what it took to create an opportunity for their children to continue their Montessori education beyond kindergarten. They applied for a charter, rented a suite in a strip mall and opened the doors to our public Montessori school in August of 2011.
Innovation Montessori Ocoee is a school created for children, by parents, using one of the most child-centered educational philosophies in the world – Montessori. Children are at the heart of everything we do and the best interests of our students are the basis of every decision we make.
Charter schools are funded differently than district schools and, as a Montessori school, our expenses for staff and materials run higher than traditional schools. We bridge the gap with the help of our families. Innovation Montessori has a mandatory minimum 20 volunteer hour requirement per family, and we love to put our community’s talents to work for our school.
ADDitions is the Orange County Public School program and website where you are required to log in your Volunteer Hours. At the start of each school year, you need to re-apply and be approved by OCPS to be able to volunteer in our schools (includes a background check). If you have any specific questions about the online system, please ask the staff in the front office.
That’s it! Welcome to our community, we look forward to seeing at our school! Once you are registered, you will check in and out at the school office to log your hours. You can also log in hours from home. Volunteerism is one of the foundational building blocks of our community. Thank you for your continued commitment.
Please take a moment to view our Volunteer Information Handout HERE
Why should I volunteer?
Many studies have shown significant links between parent/family involvement in their child’s school and the overall success of the student. At Innovation Montessori Ocoee, making contributions to our school community offers an important way for families to connect to establish partnerships and lifelong friendships with each other. We see time and time again that parent involvement leads to child empowerment, so what better way to support your child than by becoming an active part of our community!
Sign Up Genius (SUG) - This website is the primary place for finding and signing up for helping with activities, in the classroom, and also for bringing in donated items. Bookmark www.signupgenius.com, create an account and check it regularly for volunteering opportunities. We will also publish direct links to Sign Up Genius volunteering opportunities that you can click on and sign up for (even without an account). Watch for them in the weekly newsletters or on our Facebook PTO Owls Group. PTO also has a direct link to check SUG opportunities at ptoowls.com/sign-up-genius/. Note that signing up on Sign Up Genius is NOT considered officially submitting hours.
How can I help?
The best way to begin is to attend a PTO meeting on the first Tuesday of every month! There are also many opportunities for working parents who prefer weekend volunteering opportunities
- Dig in the Dirt Days (beautification, gardening, handiwork)
- Fall Fest (Oct)
- Holiday Parades (Dec)
- MLK Jr Parade (Jan)
- Share the Love Gala (Feb)
- Eighth Grade Social (April)
- ArtEco Festival (April)
- Spring Musical (April)
- Local Flavor (May)