Volunteers – making a world of difference Page Image Image CaptionParent supporting students with Maths. Page ContentIt's National Volunteer Week and we're saying a big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers helping out in our Queensland state schools.Parents and community members are welcomed into our schools every day. From helping in the tuckshop to joining excursions, officiating at sporting carnivals, fundraising through school fetes and supporting the teaching and learning process, volunteers provide an invaluable resource that is so important to the success and wellbeing of our students.One valued volunteer, Maria Raineri, has been supporting students at Craigslea State School with their reading as part of the Queensland Ready Reading program.In partnership with Volunteering Queensland, the program is just one of the many activities that draws in volunteers to help and support our students' growth and learning.Maria said she is kept very busy each Thursday morning reading with children in the English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) program and early childhood classrooms."I am thrilled to be able to help students with their reading. Giving them extra opportunities to practise their reading is very fulfilling for me," she said.Brendan Lys has been volunteering at Nundah State School, helping students to practise their reading, maths and writing."Volunteering in the classroom, for myself, underscores our partnering with the school and the dual responsibilities both the school and parents have in the education of our children," Mr Lys said.Principal at Yeronga State High School, Bob Logan, said the contribution volunteers make to school communities cannot be quantified."Every day we have volunteers getting involved and supporting our students. You just can't put a price on how precious their contribution is to our school," he said.We encourage all students, parents, teachers, school staff and the community to say thank you to the volunteers who make such a difference in our schools.