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Partners

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Orono Schools is grateful for its many community partners who bring families together for community engagement, fundraising and support for students and staff in Orono Schools. Learn more about these organizations and please reach out if you would like to get involved. 

Volunteer & Mentorship Opportunities

Background Check & Volunteer Handbook

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. A one-time background check is required for adult volunteers who:

  • attend field trips with students away from the Orono Schools campus
  • supervise and work with students in a building on the Orono Schools campus (not required if inside the regular classroom setting)

The cost for a volunteer background check is $10 through our provider Trusted Employees. A background check will follow the parent through their childrens' years at Orono Schools. However, based on administrative discretion, volunteers may be required to complete an additional background check for varying circumstances. If you are unsure whether you need to complete a background check, please discuss with the staff member coordinating the volunteer position.

Volunteers are also required to read the Volunteer Handbook.


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District Partners

OMSPA plans, organizes and executes programming for Orono Middle School students and staff by engaging OMS parent volunteers. Please visit the OMSPA website to learn more. 

The Orono High School Spartan Parent Association (SPA) serves students in grades 9-12. The 22-23 SPA meeting dates are September 20, January 17 and April 18 at the Orono Activities Center beginning at 8:15 a.m. Please visit the SPA website to pay dues, review programs and activities, and learn more.

Orono Action is a nonpartisan committee of the Orono School Board with parent and community leadership that advocates for public education, specifically for the policies and funding that further the best educational outcomes for the students of our communities. Please visit the Orono Action webpage to learn more. 

Annual Coffee & Conversations. September 22, 2022, with two start times: 8:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Orono Activities Center Spartan Plaza. The Orono Foundation for Education works with the Orono Schools to harness the community’s time, talent and financial resources to ensure the Schools have the resources to continue their tradition of excellence and to empower all students to achieve their highest potential. Please visit the OFE website to learn more.

The Orono Alumni Association coordinates homecoming events, hosts business networking events, and supports scholarships and mentoring opportunities for Orono alumni. Please visit the Orono Alumni Association website to learn more and get involved.

Interfaith Outreach rallies resources and ignites the community to ensure all families live their best lives, all children succeed and the entire region prospers. Visit the IOCP website to learn more.

WeCAN is a Western Hennepin County community nonprofit that empowers and equips individuals and families to reach stability and self-sufficiency. Please visit the WeCAN website to learn more. 

Every Meal focuses on the food gaps when children aren't able to receive free and reduced meal programs, including weekend programs. Please visit Community Education Youth Programs to sign up and learn more.

Americorps Minnesota Alliance with Youth provides the district with Americorps Promise Fellow staff and summer assistants. Please visit the webpage to learn more and contact Genna.Torney@orono.k12.mn.us.