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Glenn Elementary School

Type of organization: Public Elementary School (Durham Public Schools)

Grades served: K-5

Address:2415 E Geer St, Durham, NC 27704

Website: Glenn Elementary / Homepage (

Twitter: @GlennPride

12 min drive from East Campus


About the school

Glenn Elementary School is a Title I School with close to 600 students in grades K-5. In 2021-22 a new principal, Matt Hunt, became the Glenn Team leader. Many positive changes have happened quickly, and there are more to come.  In the past, Glenn has been designated as a “Restart School” that was almost taken over by the state because of a lack of progress over many years. However, last year, Glenn earned the prestigious “Exceeded Academic Growth” status for the first time in school history.  We’re working hard to do it again this year.  Having volunteers to provide extra hands, ears and eyes is very helpful! 

Over 60% of the students at Glenn are Spanish speaking or Bilingual, over 40% are Black, and some students are from other countries around the world. Students are generally very welcoming to volunteers, especially college students.

Entering the building

Pictures from around the school

Our partner at Glenn

Volunteering at Glenn

Paula Januzzi-Godfrey

Media Coordinator/Librarian
Battle of the Books Coach

There are a few options for volunteering at Glenn Elementary School. It is helpful if volunteers are willing to try different jobs from week to week if needed. 

Volunteers will be assisting in three specials classes: 

  • Media/Library (Paula Januzzi-Godfrey)
  • Art (Sierra Miles)
  • Outdoor Education. (Amelia Barton)

Some of the jobs include working directly with students and some are tasks that help the teachers prepare materials for classes.

All Duke student volunteers report to the Main Office on arrival to sign in. They should then report   to the Media Center (across the hall from the main office) to check in with Ms. Januzzi, and get their assignment for the day. 

If a student is unable to attend on their designated day and time, they should contact Ms. Januzzi asap at or by texting her at (phone # available from PfS office) so she can plan accordingly.

“Our teachers look forward to and count on help from our volunteers”. – Ms.Januzzi

Sample volunteer tasks

  • Helped Paula in the media center setting up for her next class and cleaning up/organizing a bit.
  • Helped Paula with a 2nd grade class reading a book and doing some word exercises, helping with a Kindergarten class reading a book and searching for acorns around the room and then playing legos, creating a list of bin organization of books.
  • I assisted with a STEM class, helped to mediate conflicts between students.
  • I helped Ms. Januzzi with her 2nd grade class as she read and book and showed videos of different cultures’ harvest festivals around the world and then allowed the kids to color/decorate a cow like the harvest festival Pongal in India.
  • Helped Paula with her Kindergarten class as she showed them a book and video about squirrels and then had them look for hidden acorns around the room.
  • Helped put together pamphlets to give to families for the book fair.
  • Helped at the book fair – helping students find a book that fits the price of their coupon, etc.
  • Assisted first graders in media center specials class.
  • Assisted in a 2nd grade STEM class learning about densities of liquids with a hands-on experience.
  • Helped out a Kindergarten class reading a book teaching counting with cats and then coloring in the cats and practicing their numbers.
  • Assisted in art room drawings.
  • Assisted with keeping students on task in a first-grade art class.
  • Helped 1st graders with a coding activity on iPads.
  • I sat in with a second grade class in the library/media center with Paula where she was teaching them about octopus — we went over some facts about the octopus and then watched and video and then colored. I sat with some students to help them focus.
  • I joined a kindergarten art class where I helped them glue eyes and a mouth on their drawings of a “monster,” once again helping them focus and cut/glue their papers.
  • Toured around the school, put stickers on the books for organization.
  • I helped out with a Kindergarten art class as they learned about squares by watching a video, reading a book, and then tracing and drawing squares.
  • Assisted 1st grade students with an activity in art class.
  • Assisted 1st graders with learning to code using Scratch Jr. in STEM class.
  • Helped first graders learn how to make paper airplanes in STEM class.
  • Helped first graders learn how to make paper snowflakes.
  • Helped Ms. Miles class with a painting project.
  • Helped out with a 2nd grade STEM class as they learned about coding principles with an iPad app called Scratch Jr.
  • Helped a 2nd grade class reading an interactive book with word games (a word ladder), and then going over how to check out a book from the library and how to take care of a book, then helped put barcodes on new books.
  • Helped at the art center and STEM center.