Published: Jul 20, 2010 6:40 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 20, 2010 3:38 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Lee County Public Schools releases new information about the impact volunteerism is having on area schools.

During the 2009/10 school year, more than 22,000 school volunteers of all ages contributed over 744,000 hours of  volunteer service to District students. 

If you took the amount of hours and used the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s information, the hourly value for that volunteer time is $20.85/hr. Do some quick math and you can see our volunteers provided more than $15.5 million in volunteer time in District schools!

School volunteers are people  who are committed to making schools the very best they can be. They are parents, business and community partners, seniors and youth – all of whom enrich student’s curriculum, provide individualized learning assistance and enhance all aspects of the educational process. Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to: instructional-related tasks in the classroom; clerical assignments in the office or media center; special school projects and mentoring; service on various District and school committees, booster and others clubs; and fundraising and chaperoning class trips.

"Very simply put, without volunteers our schools would not be able to do all that they do for students,” said Dr. James Browder, Superintendent of Schools. “These individuals are truly special and have put others above themselves – and their contributions to our schools and students are priceless.”